In North Haven, during a public hearing Tuesday on the tax cap, the village board presented a budget that meets the maximum tax cap limit and did not vote on a resolution allowing it to pierce the cap.
The $1,805,650 spending plan reflects an expected increase in fire and ambulance protection contract with Sag Harbor Village of about $28,000, up to $611,000. It also reflects an increase of $68,500, up to $143,500, in the animal control budget for more equipment in the fight against ticks and tick-borne illnesses. For employee benefits and salaries, an additional $7,900 has been added to the budget, bringing that portion up to $167,500.
Expenses related to the planning and zoning boards will drop by $12,500 and $7,500, respectively. General road maintenance will decrease by $7,000, but spending on public roadways in general will rise by $25,000 up to $90,000 as part of a cost-neutral budget line that is funded by federal dollars.
The projected tax-levy increase is approximately 6 percent, which is the maximum the village can raise the tax levy without needing a special resolution allowing it to rise above the cap. The tax rate is set to drop slightly, down to $.4863 per $1,000 of assessed value. Thanks to a village-wide assessment that topped $2 billion for the first time, the projected 2019-2020 tax rate would be the lowest it has been in 10 years. A resident with a house valued at $1 million would expect to pay about $8 less in taxes next year.
Village mayor Jeff Sander said the budget “looks good,” and the three other trustees present agreed. The board said it plans to adopt a final version, which may see more changes yet, at its April 16 regular meeting at 5 p.m.