Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosted a forum on May 29 that discussed strategies for continued budget savings through sharing and coordination of services. The 2014 New York State budget included a two-year promise of state funded rebates to property taxpayers if local governments and school districts remained within the property tax cap year.
Year two of the two-year program adds a condition for governments and schools, not only must they stay within the cap, but also they need to identify savings from efficiencies or shared services equal to at least 1 percent of their tax levy for three consecutive years.
The forum was intended to help governments, schools, and libraries for whom this rebate applies, to learn new strategies.
“We need to find additional ways to help our local taxing jurisdictions to stay within their cap and produce savings moving forward so that taxpayers can continue to benefit from this new state program,” Galef said. “Hopefully the forum will educate individuals on ways to work with their local officials to approach business differently than they have in the past.”
The forum will air on cable television the following Sundays: July 6, July 13 and July 20. Wappingers Falls airs at 8:30 p.m.; Ossining, Peekskill, and Yorktown at 9:30 p.m.
Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15 — (Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck); Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21 — (Cold Spring, Philipstown North); Yorktown airs on Channel 74 — (Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley).