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Brighton proposes 3.4% hike in property tax rate

WHECTV
Created: October 14, 2020 11:36 PM

BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — Due to the pandemic, many cities and towns are sounding the alarm as they put together their budgets for next year. In the Town of Brighton, they are proposing a tax hike that exceeds the state tax cap.

In a town board meeting and public hearing Wednesday night, Supervisor Bill Moehle said they are proposing an increase of 3.4%.

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Moehle says they have already reduced costs through salary freezes and reduced capital expenses. With no assurances from the federal government about direct aid, Moehle says they have few options. 

"Not only are sales taxes down dramatically since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, but other resources of revenue have also fallen significantly and we anticipate we will continue to feel at least some of the impact of these revenue shortfalls in 2021 if not beyond," said Moehle.

The town will hold another public budget hearing in two weeks on Oct. 28.


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