The Component Parts of Yorktown's Budget
Yorktown's "budget" is really 28 separate budgets, one for each of the Town's 28 separate funds.
When added together, the 2013 budgets total $51.6 million (in the Supervisor's Tentative Budget).
But, most property owners only pay taxes into 5-7 of those districts. For example, the Town has 12 different sewer districts with tax rates, for 2013, ranging from $208.41/$1,000 of assessed value to $708.98/$1,000 of assessed value. Similarly, the Town has seven special park districts, but only those property included in the park districts pay taxes into the park fund.
If you're not sure what funds you're being taxed for, and you're curious to know exactly what Town services you're paying for, take a look at your April town tax bill; the separate taxes for each fund or district will be listed separately. If you pay your taxes through a bank and never get to see your tax bill, you can get a copy from the Town Tax Office at no charge.
Your total combined Town tax bill therefore depends on which districts you’re in and that in turn, depends on whether yours is a residential or business property and whether you have town water, and, if you're in a sewer district, which district. Your total combined bill will go up or down depending on the changes in the tax rates for each of the funds you pay into.
The pie charts illustrate the difference between the town tax and the TOTAL town tax bill.
All taxpayers, residential and commercial, pay taxes for these three funds
General Fund ("A" fund). This is the largest fund ($25 million) and finances basic town services, including the police, parks and recreation, senior services, the YCCC, the building department, and other administrative departments.
Highway Fund ("D" fund). This $5 million fund covers street maintenance, drainage, snow removal, tree trimming, paving, etc.
Library Fund ("L" fund). $2.4 million. Self-explanatory.
When presenting the annual budget, the appropriations for these three funds are combined to arrive at one tax rate, the ADL tax rate. In the Supervisor's Tentative 2013 budget, the ADL rate is $149.64/$1,000 of assessed value, or a 7.72% increase over the 2012 ADL rate.
Now for the major special district funds
Refuse district fund
This fund pays for the collection of garbage (kitchen trash), recycling and the bulk pickups for residential properties, including condominiums, only. Residents also pay a separate county refuse tax that covers the cost of disposing of the trash and recyclables.
Water District (Yorktown)
This covers approximately 10,000 residential and commercial properties and is responsible for maintaining the water distribution system. The water is purchased from New York City and treated by the Northern Westchester Joint Water Works (NWJWW) that consists of Yorktown, Cortlandt, Somers and the Montrose Improvement District.
Water District (Kitchawan)
This district covers a small cluster of homes in the southern part of Yorktown.
As noted above, there are 12 different sewer district funds. The largest fund, the Hallocks Mill Sewer District, includes about 4,000 residential and commercial properties and is serviced by the Town’s Yorktown Heights Sewage Treatment Plant on Greenwood Street. The other districts are part of the county operated Peekskill Sanitary Sewer District. Property owners in these districts pay a tax to the Town of Yorktown that covers the debt service for the capital cost of installing the sewers and the operation and maintenance of pump stations, where needed. Property owners in the Peekskill district also pay a separate operation and maintenance tax into the county sewer district.
Advanced Life Support Fund
All property owners pay into the Advanced Life Support Fund which finances the Town's paramedic service that works in conjunction with the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Mohegan Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps which transport residents to hospitals when needed.
Special Park Districts
The seven special park districts (located in Shrub Oak and Mohegan Lake) exist to operate and maintain their local park and recreational facilities.
Open Space Fund
Based on a referendum approved many years ago, each property pays a flat $30 per year into this fund. The proceeds are used to pay for the acquisition of open space.