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Tentative budget sees recreation line double, tax cap under 2%

AMENIA — Setting to work on the budget development process for the 2022 fiscal year, the Amenia Town Board held a meeting for the 2022 tentative budget on Tuesday evening, Oct. 12.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., the meeting was at Amenia Town Hall and the public was welcome to attend.

As a highlight for next year’s budget, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti reported the town’s taxes will be under the 2% tax cap.

Recreation increases

Another important aspect of the 2022 budget, she said on a later date, is that all of the summer recreation, special recreation — such as the town’s dance program and other youth program lines — “have budget amounts in addition to increases in the senior activities line.”

Under the Programs for the Aging line of the 2022 budget, the sub-total amount increased from $4,550 in the 2021 budget to $9,350 in the 2022 tentative budget.

Meanwhile, under the Parks and Recreation budget line, the subtotal amount increased from $50,190 in the 2021 budget to $99,212 in the 2022 tentative budget.

Tax rates

According to the tentative tax rate schedule section of the 2022 budget, the total appropriations for next year was calculated at $4,716,018 while the amount to be raised by taxes was calculated at $3,473,942. The implied tax rate was calculated at $5.91989 per thousand while the current tax rate was calculated at $5.88418 per thousand, marking a 10.98% decrease from the 2021 fiscal year.

As of this time, the Amenia Town Board does not have a date to review the 2022 preliminary budget, though Perotti said the preliminary budget was due to the Amenia Town Clerk on Friday, Oct. 15.

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