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Scarsdale Mayor Addresses Sewer Rates, Budget

The mayor addressed the issues at the Village Board of Trustees meeting this week.

The Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees met Tuesday night and Mayor Miriam Levitt Flisser discussed the village budget, a sewer usage fee and winter fire safety.

To read more about the sewer usage fee, which would add about $60 to a household, view Trustee Steve's remarks in the PDF to the right.

Below is a copy of Mayor Flisser's full remarks:

The (Village Board) continues to work on the budget, and invites you to a presentation of the Operating Budget on February 27 at 7:00 p.m., and the Capital Budget on Wednesday March 6 at 7:00 p.m. Please note that we welcome input on the Budget from all residents, but to date, the only input that we have received is on behalf of preserving programs in the Village.

The VB reviewed the costs of the annual 4th of July Fireworks, and the Band Concert program, but decided that these events held too much community significance to be cancelled. We are considering removing the traffic police from the Popham/Garth intersection when the lights are completed to save overtime costs. 

A sewer usage fee, base on water consumption, is mentioned in tonight's agenda. The fee will raise the approximately $400K needed for sewer repair this year. The fee added is minimal for families who limit their usage to household water consumption, but increases for residents who maintain irrigation on their properties. The increased fee for irrigation water is also an incentive to review planting plans to reduce water consumption. There will be a Public Hearing about the dedicated sewer fee on March 12 at the next VB meeting.

Also, the Law and Land Use Committee will meet (Wednesday) at 6:00 p.m. to discuss changes in the Historic Preservation Code Chapter 182. The consideration of establishment of Historic Districts will be considered, and questions of Owner consent  for designation will be raised. Preservationists and Property Rights Advocates are all invited to attend as we discuss this important issue for Scarsdale.

Finally, at a meeting of the the Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents last evening, a presentation from Chief Tom Cain of the Scarsdale Fire Department reminded residents that Winter Safety includes smoke detectors on every level of the house, plus one in each bedroom. Chief Cain reviewed cases where the lives of homeowners were saved due to the detection of smoke by these devices, which need to have their batteries changed yearly.

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