Bedford residents would see a 2.99 percent drop in their property tax bill under the 2014-2015 Bedford Central School District preliminary budget, while residents from Pound Ridge, New Castle and North Castle will see an increase.
The tax rate would drop in Bedford to $134.29 per $1,000 of assessed value. It would increase in:
- Mount Kisco by 5.75 percent to $73.45 per $1,000 of assessed value
- Pound Ridge by 4.31 percent to $83.89 per $1,000 of assessed value
- New Castle by 8.86 percent to $73.03 per $1,000 of assessed value
- North Castle by 7.84 percent to $650.47 per $1,000 of assessed value
While no major programs were cut in the $123.5 million budget, School Superintendent Jere Hochman said this will be the last year he will be able to say that.
“In spite of negotiations with all unions which resulted in a significantly reduced trajectory of salary and benefit increases (reduced to 3 percent), the board’s use of reserves ($3 million), and previous year’s cuts and efficiencies, this budget includes over $2 million in cuts and some changes in service expectations,” he said.