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Port Chester to Vote on Budget Monday

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester's Village Board of Trustees will vote to adopt a 2012-13 budget on Monday after laboring through work sessions with the village's various departments for the past two weeks.

At the board's April 2 meeting Village Treasurer Leonie Douglas and Village Manager Chris Russo presented a budget totaling $36,206,950. The property tax levy increase is cap compliant at 2.4 percent, and the budget-to-budget increase over last year's expenditures is 1.34 percent.

The most unique aspect of the proposed 2012-13 budget is the implementation of a more equitable sewage rental system that Mayor Dennis Pilla believes signals a paradigm shift in the way residents pay for village services.

Instead of relying on tax assessments to determine the way residents pay for the use of municipal sewage systems, the village will charge a fee to each taxpayer based on potable water usage.

According to estimates produced by Russo at the board's work session with the Department of Public Works , the new system will decrease the average property taxes for a single-family home in Port Chester, assessed at $463,283, by $263. According to Russo, the average for the separate sewer fee is $130.97, resulting in an average net savings of approximately $130.

At a work session with the justice earlier this week the board discussed the merits of adding funding for a third judge to the budget to help cope with the increase in building code enforcement cases. The board also held a lengthy discussion with Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski and other police officials about police overtime pay.

The deadline for budget adoption is May 1.

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