Although the Town of Mamaroneck was able to avoid an override of the two percent property tax cap in last year's budget, this year, an increase may be inevitable.
The preliminary 2013 budget—available on the town's website here—calls for a 6.3 percent increase in the tax levy for 2013.
"If we make the decision to continue with our services at the level they are at now and accept the budget that's been presented to us by staff we would have to override the tax levy cap," said Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson at last night's board meeting.
In order for the town to exceed the tax cap, the board must first pass a resolution that allows the board to vote to override the cap. Following the resolution, the decision to override must be approved by a majority vote from the board.
Last year's $21.3 million budget fell within the constraints of the cap.
"We all think that this is a smart idea to provide this option going forward for the budget for 2013," said Seligson.
A public hearing on the property tax cap legislation will take place at the Dec. 5 board meeting at 8 p.m.