Preliminary Suffern Budget Goes to Vote on Monday, Exact Amount of Tax Levy Unknown

BY MICHAEL RICONDA

Suffern – With the public participation period of its budget process completed, the Village of Suffern will bring the matter to a final vote on April 1, though a final list of budget items might not have been completed yet.

According to Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte, minor changes to the budget will include additional revenue and an increase in Building Department personnel expenses to accommodate additional construction hours, both of which will total to a 1.74 percent increase in the tax levy. Lacorte explained there may also be additional revenue items which include a voluntary payment from the Salvation Army to the town which are expected to be included within the next week, lowering the tax levy percentage.

Suffern village treasurer Thomas Zordan explained a preliminary budget was posted online for public review before being re-reviewed and revised by the board. However, Zordan explained he was unaware of any major changes aside from a small decrease in the current tax levy figure from 1.85 to 1.78 percent, with a decrease in the total tax rate to 2.2 percent.

“They’re not in the budget unless I hear about it by Monday,” Zordan said.

Zordan could not confirm the presence of specific changes aside from the general tax levy decrease, but did not rule out the possibility of further changes before Monday.