Metro Enviro Transfer LLC – Advantages of the amended special permit to the Village
The Village will gain substantial non-tax revenues which may be used to offset tax increases, keep the tax rate down, lower the Village debt and also help with longer term goals of the Village.
Next year the Village is facing certain additional costs which if not offset will have to be paid for by increasing the Village tax rate. These include:
· The Fire Department Service Award Program, recently approved in a referendum, represents about a 2% tax rate increase.
· Assessment reductions which are necessary for the Half Moon Bay and Discovery Cove condominiums will also have the effect of increasing the tax rate.
· Decrease in the Village’s Special Franchise Assessments which are based upon the Village’s decreasing equalization rate.
· Projected increase in pension fund contributions.
The Village will also be able to use the northeast corner of the property for a DPW storage yard. For many years the Village has been attempting to locate an appropriate location for such a facility which is desperately needed for Village operations. This location is an excellent location because it is out of the way and somewhat hidden from public view yet it is close to all Village operations.
This will allow the Village to clean up the Municipal Place site which has been used in recent years, the area behind the salt shelter near the Croton Bay estuary for further park usage, and also the Croton Landing site which is directly on the Hudson River. These three sites are highly visible, in gateway entrances to the Village, and serve important community and recreational uses.
With the use of the northeast corner of the Metro Enviro site the Village will be able to return to the in-vessel composting operation using Ag Bags to compost the Villages leaves in an environmentally sound manner. Last year we trucked our leaves to the Village of Ossining to a transfer site at a cost of $15,000 in transfer fees and many hours of extra manhours for the trucking to the Ossining location. This will save money for the Village and also allow our residents to take advantage of the leaf compost which is produced in the composting process.