Village Board Presents Tentative Budget

On Monday, April 1, the Village Board met for the first monthly meeting at Village Hall. The evening’s agenda included the presentation of the tentative budget for the 2019 – 2020 fiscal year, as well as the appointment of several officials, and the approval of a permit for the Harlem Valley Car Club to meet in the village this spring.

To open the meeting, Village Treasurer Elizabeth Shedd outlined the tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which runs from June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020. The allowable tax levy limit for the upcoming fiscal year is $1,292,276, and the current budget proposes to stay beneath the limit by $47,040, resulting in a tax levy of $1,245,236. This figure represents an increase of one half of one percent over the previous year’s budget. “I think it’s a good budget,” said Village Mayor Robert Liffland. “We try to get these increases to zero, but that’s still a good number. I think we’re in the right place here.”

Officials cited an increase in contractual expenses with the Sheriff’s Department as a contributing factor to the slight budgetary increase. “That expense was kept flat at $200,000 for at least the past two years, but those salaries go up, too,” explained Shedd. Mayor Liffland also explained that he has been in talks with Town Supervisor James Schmitt about the possibility of coordinating police resources to encompass both the Town and Village of Pawling for improved law enforcement availability. “I’d like to see that happen. We’ve been talking about it for a lot of years,” added Mayor Liffland. A Public Hearing for the tentative 2019 – 2020 Village Budget is scheduled for Monday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall.

In other business, officials approved two appointments to Village offices. The Board formally approved the appointment of Adam Muroski to fill the vacant seat on the Village Planning Board, and Terry Stewart as Prosecutor for Village Court.

Finally, the Board approved the application from the Hudson Valley Car Club to meet in the Village for the club’s weekly car showings, beginning April 17. The club will showcase vintage cars at the north end of Colman Boulevard from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday through September.

The next Village Board meeting will be held on Monday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall, 9 Memorial Avenue.