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Peekskill Adopts City, County Tax Amounts

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The common council voted this weekend to accept a warrant for tax collection from city residents.

At a special meeting held Saturday morning, the council voted to authorize Peekskill Comptroller Charles Emberger to collect approximately $23 million in taxes for the first half of the year.  Of that amount, $13.9 million will go to the city and $8.1 million will go to Westchester County.

The $23 million tax levy represents 35 percent of the total tax levy paid by city residents, according to Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster.

"The rest of it is school district taxes, and the public gets to vote on their school district budget on May 15," Foster said.

Some council members were surprised to learn the Peekskill Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) is getting $90,000 from tenants this year, down from the usual $100,000 it has gotten in years past. That lower amount was requested by the BID itself, Foster said.

The remaining $768,000 collected will go towards the Field Library fund.

The amount approved represents an increase of less than 1 percent over last year's amount and is about $70,000 less than the 2010 amount, Foster said.

"The total amount we're collecting for city and county purposes remain virtually flat," Foster said.

The city will also give its sewer district $1.5 million, the solid waste district will get $649,257 and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will get $290,609.

Residents looking to apply for tax exemptions such as STAR or Enhanced STAR must submit applications to the assessor's office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

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