GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- I have filed my proposed 2016 capital budget with the Town Board. The budget should be posted on our website within the next day or so. The 2016 budget recommends borrowing $8,014, 537 –which is less than we borrowed during the past few years.
We are working really hard trying to cut costs and to comply with the tax cap so that once again Greenburgh taxpayers will be able to receive the tax refund checks from New York State. These checks are only issued to communities that comply with the tax cap. The department budget requests that were deferred are worthy projects. At the same time we’re recognizing that it’s important to keep taxes as low as possible while addressing essential infrastructure demands.
Highlights in the budget include enhancing our advanced life support program by remounting of two ambulance boxes onto new chassis. We will be replacing the boiler at the Theodore Young Community Center indoor pool.
The budget also includes traffic safety signs and equipment and a digital speed sign to enhance pedestrian safety. We’re purchasing another automated refuse collection vehicle that is expected to reduce collection costs and increase efficiencies. I am recommending that $1,000,000 be appropriated for additional road resurfacing. This dollar amount is less than what was budgeted in the past.
We did not spend about $3.5 million that was budgeted last year for road resurfacing so will be spending $4.5 million on road resurfacing in 2016. The budget includes $500,000 for curbing rehabilitation and $500,000 for Jackson Avenue road safety improvements. The budget includes Route 9A widening in downtown Ardsley. Three new sidewalks are being funded in the capital budget with the goal of making the town more pedestrian friendly.
The roof at the police department is leaking and will be replaced. Town Hall is in the process of installing a new security system and related equipment. And, significant funds are being appropriated for water department infrastructure enhancements. The Town Board will review the proposed capital budget and will schedule a public hearing for May 11.
-Paul Feiner Greenburgh Town Supervisor