2014 Real Property Tax Rate Increase Is 10.38 Percent

Legislator Michael  Grant
Legislator Michael Grant

Rockland County legislators approved a real property tax rate hike of 10.38 percent for 2014. The increase raises the tax rate per thousand dollars of assessed home value from the 2013 rate of $2.51 to $2.89 in 2013 or by 38 cents. 

The legislators voted Monday night and approved the total property tax levy of $105,960,167 for the county. The adopted 2014 county budget is $752,6.45,134.

Budget & Finance Committee Chair Michael Grant said the approved budget is almost $9 million less than what was originally proposed for the coming year.

The real property tax rate rose from the initial 9.9 percent increase projected by County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. Legislators had amended Vanderhoef’s proposed budget; however he vetoed 16 of their changes. Legislators overrode 10 of the vetoes, which resulted in a budget increase of $460,167. 

The Executive Summary of the budget can be reviewed here.

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steve December 31, 2013 at 08:14 AM
This is criminal, they are insane, so they chase more and more people out of Rockland, hand everything over to the religious groups and next year whine they cannot balance the budget so were so sorry we have to raise the taxes again. Its time to talk about a tax payers revolt
Edie Baumel Miller December 31, 2013 at 08:40 AM
I am going to have to sell my house soon.
C Lieberman December 31, 2013 at 09:10 AM
I agree with both and Steve. Most of my family and friends have moved South to escape the high taxes here. Even the cost of purchasing additional firearms is no real impediment. And as to the Christian and Salvation army churches properties that have been tax free but not expense free for hundreds of years, but they do provide services that many feel they need. There is also the issue of the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause. I suggest that everyone votes against anyone presently in office in the next election. Vote for those that promise and deliver immediate pension, salary, and spending relief, even if costs some pain.


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