New Rochelle City Council To Vote On Budget Tuesday

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The New Rochelle City Council votes on the proposed 2013 city budget Tuesday. Photo Credit: Justin Stock

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The New Rochelle City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on the proposed 2013 city budget that includes a reduction in firefighters on duty at night and cuts two police positions.

The cuts were based on recommendations of the city’s Citizens Panel on Sustainable Budgets.

The proposed budget would also eliminate curbside pickup of unbagged leaves, an expected $250,000 savings for the city that would require residents to bag their own leaves.

The $153,551,034 proposed budget would preserve most of the city's services and includes a 6,99 percent property tax rate increase, City Manager Charles Strome and Finance Commissioner Howard Rattner said when the budget was presented in November.

The city hopes to prevent a $1.5 million shortfall through property tax increases and reductions in city expenses, Strome and Rattner said.

Strome said during a briefing on Nov. 9 that the city needed to raise the tax rate because the city’s tax base decreased by $3.6 million this year.

Strome said the proposed tax increase for the average homeowner would be $207, or about 1 percent of the homeowner’s total tax bill, which includes county and school district taxes.

The budget goes into effect Jan. 1.

The meeting will be held in the council conference room at 6 p.m., 515 North Ave.

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