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Walsh to Outline Harrison Budget Wednesday

HARRISON, N.Y. – Harrison Mayor Joan Walsh will hold her third and final budget presentation Wednesday night, days after filing her proposed tentative budget for 2012.

The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Purchase Community House at 7:30 p.m.

The proposal was released Monday and included a 4.254 percent increase in property taxes with spending held within the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap . The town board will read the budget and submit reviews or determine any changes before adopting a final budget by Dec. 20.

"Harrison continues to experience material adverse changes to its fiscal condition and faces the same challenges as all local governments across the nation," Walsh said.

For the proposed 2012 budget, a $398,500 change in either revenues or expenses made for a 1 percent decrease or increase, respectively, in property taxes, the town said in a statement.

"The continued economic downturn means that several town/village non-property tax revenue line items such as mortgage tax aid, building department fees and interest earnings are expected to remain flat, in line with their 2011 levels," Walsh said.

The proposed 2012 budget will be available in the town clerk's office after being accepted by the full town and village board on Wednesday and will also be posted on the town web site .

For additional information regarding the proposed 2012 Harrison budget, residents can contact Comptroller Maureen MacKenzie at mmackenzie@harrison-ny.gov .

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