Village of North Syracuse likely to override 2 percent tax cap

— Although they don't expect to need it, the North Syracuse Village Board is likely to pass a law allowing them to override the state's 2 percent property tax cap soon. The village held a public hearing on the matter on March 22, but none of the public showed up to voice concerns.

“It will give us the ability to exceed the two percent tax cap that the state has given to all municipalities,” said Mayor Mark Atkinson. “The only reason we want the authorization to exceed it is because the formula is extremely complicated when determining what that 2 percent is. It involves tax growth, New York state retirement payments, any PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes), any judgments, any claims, and some of the municipalities have been having a hard time with that formula. Some of them have been over 2 percent when they thought they were under 2 percent.”

If the override wasn't in place and the tax levy went over 2 percent, the overage would be placed in a deferred revenue account that the village couldn't touch for a year, the mayor said.

An override requires 60 percent of the board to approve the budget, as well as the passing of the new law. The mayor said that the new budget is expected to come in with a tax levy rise of between 1 and 2 percent.

“The budget came together nicely,” Atkinson said. “Really, the budget started the first week I got in office. We started making changes. We got our expenditures in line with the money we're taking in”

The village plans to offer new services in this year’s budget. That means a new schedule for heavy trash and electronic waste pickup this summer. The pickup service will be available along with brush pickup every other week.

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