Gazette Ceases Publication: Donates Archives to LHS

In 2010, the Larchmont Gazette ceased publication. In 2011 the publishers donated all contents to the Larchmont Historical Society, which will continue to make the Gazette archives available online.

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Growing Property Tax Opposition Topic at Summit-LWV Event: Nov 17

This year,  more than 800 residents of Mamaroneck Town and Larchmont Village filed for a real estate tax reduction, a sizeable percentage of local property owners who feel the tax system is unfair or inappropriate. Many more residents may be unhappy but have not yet filed for a tax reduction.

It is against the background of this biggest request for tax relief in more than ten years that the League of Women Voters and the Local Summit organization are hosting a public discussion of “Fair Assessments for Taxpayers.” It will be held at 7:30 pm, November 17th at the Mamaroneck High School library.

Lee Kyriacou, executive director of the New York State Office of Real Property Services, will make a power-point presentation showing how tax assessment is conducted across the state. He will explain why his department seeks change. It considers the NYS system “inefficient, irreparably inequitable and confusing to taxpayers, thereby creating the potential for fiscal irresponsibility.”

Mr. Kyriacou’s office manages the state’s property tax system and works to gain public support to achieve greater equity, efficiency and transparency of the state’s property tax system.

Mamaroneck Town Administrator Stephen Altieri will be available to discuss the nature of local taxpayer dissatisfaction and why the present situation is de facto revaluation, one property at a time. This circumstances makes it difficult for the local government to forecast its income and to determine whether it’s sufficient to support the level of municipal services residents expect.

Specific directions to library: From inside school’s Boston Post Road main entrance go right, up staircase to third floor and turn right at top of stairs. For handicap accessible entrance go to Palmer Avenue. Go east on Rockland Avenue. Turn right on Carpenter Place. Parking lot is at end of Carpenter. Entrance to school is through the double doors in parking lot. Go left down hall. Pass ramp. Pass café. Library is on left.

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1 comment to Growing Property Tax Opposition Topic at Summit-LWV Event: Nov 17

  • The following are a few suggestions:

    1} Freeze taxes for the next five years until the overall economy picks up. If the economy gets worse cut budgets by 10%, and lower taxes.

    2} Merge the police departments of Larchmont, Town of Mamaroneck, and the Village of Mamaroneck. Possibly include Rye if they are interested. Change retirement pay to the average of a career , and not based on the last three years of earnings.

    3} Those working in education that earn more then $150,000 should receive a 10% to 15% pay cut. So for the new Superintendent pay should not be $ 260,000, but should start at $ 225,000. Freeze salaries in education on salaries above $ 100,000. Pay 2% increase for salaries under $ 100,000.

    4} Rent out public space to the private sector to raise revenue. So for example college study programs could pay rent to all schools in the summer time to use their space for classes. Allow high school teachers to offer SAT courses to the student body on the weekends or summer time for a fee to make up for a possible freeze in salaries. Revenues could be shared with the school system. If 400 students sign up for a $ 600 SAT course , that is $ 240,000 in revenue. There are also SAT2 classes.

    5} Videotape public education presentations so that overtime is controlled in education. For example if a presentation is made every year for a any class grade, or any year in high school, have it downloaded on the internet so that individuals can watch it at any time, and labor costs the following year are reduced.