Port Chester will keep property taxes flat and raise more cash from parking meters under a village budget adopted Monday night.
The $36.6 million plan boosts overall spending by 2.6 percent for the year beginning June 1, and relies more heavily on fees. The board trimmed expenses and agreed on fee hikes to eliminate a 4.26 percent levy increase in the tentative budget by Village Manager Christopher Steers.
Starting in June, a quarter will be good for 15 minutes at the meter instead of 20 minutes, effectively raising the hourly rate by a quarter. The meters will stay in effect later into the evening – probably until 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. depending on the location, instead of 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Those changes are expected to boost revenue by about $390,000.
The board heard mixed reactions. Resident Keith Morlino praised the effort to shift the burden off property taxes. Ken Manning, head of the local chamber of commerce, warned that downtown businesses would be hurt. “It gives Port Chester a bad name for shopping,” Manning told the board.
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