PIERREPONT - Following in the footsteps of many fellow St. Lawrence County municipalities, the Pierrepont Town Board has set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. Sept. 24 to give the council the authority to set a property tax levy hike that could be higher than the state 2 percent property tax cap.
Town Supervisor Thomas E. Latimer explained that the local law focusing on the tax cap is a norm among many towns in St. Lawrence County.
Town supervisors around the county say the measure doesnt mean the tax increase will be higher than 2 percent when the 2014 budgets are approved. But it protects town boards from facing sanctions if their tax hike is higher than the tax cap and intricacies - the 2 percent tax cap is actually a misnomer since other factors are also incorporated into the ceiling -in the tax cap law sometimes make it murky for town officials to determine if they are following the state guidelines.
Mr. Latimer echoed the fact that just because the local law may be in effect doesnt mean that taxes will be raised.
We dont know that we will have to pass the tax cap. Last year was the first year for the local law. We did it just in case we had to. We did, I think just a little over 2 percent with the budget, he said. If we went ahead and did the budget and we could stay at 1.7 percent or less, and then we went past the deadline for setting the tax cap, then if something came up and we went over 2 percent we would be penalized by the state.
In other action at this weeks town board meeting:
■ Alton W. Ike Guyette was reappointed to another six-year term as town assessor.
■ Robert Baderman was appointed to the towns planning board. Mr. Baderman is a long-time resident of the town and is a perfect fit due to his experience with research and other related jobs according to Mr. Latimer.