The New Rochelle City Council adopted the 2012 budget Tuesday night by a vote of 5 to 2. Republicans Louis Trangucci and Richard St. Paul, the latter casting his last votes as a member of the City Council, were the two dissenters. Al Tarantino, the third Republican on the council, voted for the budget, “with serious concerns.”
The 2012 budget calls for a 5.96 percent increase in the tax rate to $185.53 per $1,000 of assessed value. City officials had anticipated a rate increase of 6.38 percent, but the total valuation of the New Rochelle’s properties turned out to be slightly higher than thought. The levy will still increase by 3.6 percent.
None of the council members seemed particularly happy with the budget. Each talked Tuesday night about the difficult choices they had to make in crafting the spending plan. But St. Paul went furthest in expressing his disdain for the budget, calling it a “gimmick.”
The nay votes from St. Paul and Trangucci prompted a scolding from Mayor Noam Bramson, who said, “The easiest thing to do in government is to leave the hard choices to others.”