New Rochelle City Manager Charles Strome is proposing a 2011 budget that would raise the tax rate 3.9 percent, cut 20 or more police and fire positions, close a beach two days a week and defer payment of a big pension bill.
Furthermore, the reserve fund would be left “uncomfortably low.” Suffice it to say that Strome and Finance Commissioner Howard Rattner gave a bleak financial forecast today at City Hall.
The $144 million plan aims to maintain the core services of police, fire protection and public works even as the tax rolls shrink. It’s smaller than the current budget, but covers a 9 percent hit to the tax rolls fueled by grievances and lower assessments. The overall tax collection would rise less than a percentage point over the current year. Homeowners face a rate increase of 3.9 percent, or $113 on the average bill. The document is posted on the New Rochelle website.
The plan now goes to the City Council. Meeting are as follows, at 5 p.m. in the council conference room:
Tuesday, Nov. 16: overview, police and fire services
Wednesday, Nov. 17: public works, recreation, development, capital budget, etc.
Tuesday, Nov. 30: city council questions