Towns in northern Westchester aim to keep taxes low amid fuel cost

With budget season approaching, towns in northern Westchester are aiming to keep their taxes low despite the high cost of fuel during the past few months.

Even though gas prices have gone down in recent weeks, there is still uncertainty about fuel costs this winter. According to Yorktown Supervisor Linda Cooper, the cost of fuel was a factor in preparing her budget for 2006. While Yorktown's tax bill varies on where people live and the services they receive, everyone in Yorktown should see their town-taxes increase just under 4 percent. In Bedford, Pound Ridge, New Castle, Somers, Ossining and North Salem, taxes are also expected to increase.

One community that rarely sees tax increases is Cortlandt and that should be true again in 2006. Also, North Castle and Lewisboro taxpayers could also see a zero tax increase next year. Under state law, the towns must hold a public hearing on their proposed budgets by December 10.

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