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Newly Approved Port Jervis Budget Will Increase Monthly Tax Bill

Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker
Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker Photo Credit: Port Jervis City Government

Port Jervis homeowners will see an increase in their monthly tax bill after the Common Council passed the 2018 budget Wednesday that includes an 8.13 percent tax hike.

On a 6-3 vote, the council passed the $15,722,779 budget, said City Clerk-Treasurer Robin Waizenegger.

“Each percentage point of tax increase will cost the average homeowner $1.14 per month,” said Waizenegger, based on an assessed home value of $50,000, with a market value of $119,048.

Only 1.13 percent of the 8.13 percent increase was negotiable with the remaining amount contractual in nature for salaries and health insurance, she added.

Other items of note included a $20,000 raise denied for Mayor Kelly Decker; a two percent standard increase to non-union, adjustments as necessary to meet minimum wage law, and a few increases based on certification, increased duties and/or salary parity issues.

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