Irvington’s proposed 14% budget increase prompts comments during related hearing

AnnGardner Eubank

by AnnGardner Eubank

IRVINGTON—The Irvington Town Council on Thursday, May 12, presented a proposed fiscal year 2022-23 budget totaling $425,000, which represents a 14% increase over the current budget.

A related public hearing was held prior to council’s regular meeting.

Projected revenues are based on large increases in occupancy taxes, as well as several more subtle increases in local retail sales tax, property rental fees, and personal property tax in reference to golf cart and auto tags.

For 2021-22, $196,521 was budgeted in revenues based on an occupancy tax rate of 4%. Actual collections through March total $203,002.

Last year’s budget totaled $363,387.

Resident George Kuper commented on the town’s proposed budget saying the overall increases are “quite large,” and create unrealistic….

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