Mayor’s Report

Mayor Dennis K. Leahy

Village of Maybrook Board Meeting

Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7 pm

(Today’s Village of Maybrook Board of Trustees Meeting is being held by Conference Call due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus) For the record, this meeting is being recorded and will be posted on the Village of Maybrook website as soon as possible.

Village of Maybrook 2021-22 Budget

At our last Village Board Meeting held on Monday, March 22, 2021, I announced the Tentative Village of Maybrook Budget was filed by the deadline, which was on Friday, March 19, 2021. Hard copies were available for residents at the Maybrook Government Center. All residents who requested copies of the 2021-22 Tentative Budget were accommodated. 

Budget Work Sessions were held on Thursday, March 10, 2021 and Thursday, April 1, 2021. On Monday, March 22, 2021, at our last Village Board Meeting, I informed the public that the TENTATIVE Village Budget for 2021-22 included a 4.2% increase with a rate of $16.64 per thousand assessed for Montgomery. A 4.2% increase with a rate of $10.16 per thousand assessed for Hamptonburg.

The proposed Village Budget this evening includes a 3.5% increase with a rate of $16.53 per thousand assessed for Montgomery. A 3.5% increase with a rate of $10.09 per thousand assessed for Hamptonburg.

2020-21 Balance to Tax Levy = $1,856,958.00

2021-22 Balance to Tax Levy = $1,923,958.00

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= $67,000.00 increase in Tax Levy

NO FUND BALANCE is applied to this budget!

Montgomery

The tax rate for Montgomery (Maybrook) residents for 2020-21 was $15.97. Example: A $150k assessed home in Maybrook paid $2,395.00.

 The tax rate for Montgomery (Maybrook) residents for 2021-22 will be $16.53 which is an increase of $0.56 which equates to 3.5%. Example: A $150k assessed home in Maybrook will pay $2,479.50 which is an increase of $84.50 per year and $7.04 per month.

Hamptonburg

The tax rate for Hamptonburg (Maybrook) residents for 2020-21 was $9.75.

 Example: A $150k assessed home in Hamptonburg paid $1,462.50

The tax rate for Hamptonburg (Maybrook) residents for 2021-22 will be $10.09 which is an increase of $0.34 which equates a 3.5% increase.

Example: A $150k assessed home in Hamptonburg will pay $1,513.50 which is an increase of $51.00 per year and $4.25 per month.

Montgomery 2009-10 to 2021-22 (13 years)

The Montgomery (Maybrook) tax rate in 2009-10 was $10.67. Thirteen years later in the 2021-22 the tax rate will be $16.53 which equates to a $6.60 overall increase with an average 4.1% increase per year. A $150k assessed home in Maybrook is paying $1,001.00 more today since the 2009-10 budget. This equates to a $77.00 average increase per year.

Hamptonburg 2009-10 to 2021-22 (13 years)

The Hamptonburg tax rate in 2009-10 was $6.06. Thirteen years later in the 2021-22 the tax rate will be $10.09 which equates to a $4.44 overall increase with an average 4.6% increase per year. A $150k assessed home in Hamptonburg is paying $666.00 more today since the 2009-10 budget. This equates to a $51.23 average per year.

  • COVID-19 Update- As of today, Monday, April 12, 2021, there have been 45,320 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Orange County since the pandemic started March 2020. There have been 795 total deaths reported in the County. Currently there are 114 people hospitalized, 113 of those 114 hospitalized tested positive for COVID-19 while 1 has reported symptoms. On March 30th, people over 30 years of age became eligible for the vaccine. On April 6th, people over 16 years of age became eligible. Vaccines are available to residents who wish to get vaccinated. Residents can register through Orange County or through New York State. The website information is available on the Village of Maybrook website. As always, please wear your masks and continue practicing social distancing. This information is available and updated daily on the Village of Maybrook website and Facebook Page.
  • Easter Egg “Drive Thru”-On Sunday, March 28th the Village of Maybrook hosted an “Easter Egg Drive Thru” in the Frederick Myers Veterans Memorial Park. We had light rain showers during the event. Even though the weather didn’t turn out so great, the smiles on the kids’ faces brightened our day! I want to thank the Village of Maybrook Board of Trustees, Village Clerk/Treasurer Tina Johnson, the Maybrook Kiwanis Club, Shoprite, Wallkill Valley Savings and Loan, Walden Federal Savings and Loan, the Maybrook Fire Department, and the Maybrook Police Department for their participation. We had close to 100 kids and I hope next year we can resume our normal Easter Egg Hunt.
  • Church of the Assumption Parish- In the last week of March, Trustee Jim Barnett brought to the attention of the Village Board that the Archdiocese of New York is considering closing the Catholic Church of the Assumption in our village. I drafted a letter to the Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan outlining the direction of the village and the potential future growth which could increase parishioners as well. We are so blessed to have three wonderful churches in our community, and we have a great relationship with each of them. Our goal has been and continues to be that we maintain what we currently have and continue to work towards growth in our village. I know how important the Church of the Assumption is to the residents in the Village of Maybrook and I wanted to make sure the Archdiocese had all the information before rendering a decision about the church. I went one extra step and made a phone call to the Archdiocese of New York Vicar General Father Joseph LaMorte. Father LaMorte was my 7th grade teacher at Our Lady of Solace in the Bronx. We had a great conversation on a personal level and the main reason for my call about the Church of the Assumption. I received an email from Father LaMorte this morning and he informed me he received the letter sent from the Village Board and he would personally pass on the letter to Cardinal Dolan. I want to thank the Vicar General Father LaMorte for taking the time to talk to me. Village Trustee Jim Barnett, Joe Raiti and all of the parishioners of the Church of the Assumption in Maybrook who came together in an effort to keep the church in Maybrook. Let’s all keep the Church of the Assumption and the parishioners in our prayers and hope a solution is found to keep our church in our village.
  • Hope NOT Handcuffs- The first week of April 2021, Hope Not Handcuffs received 9 calls for help. One of those calls was from a resident in the Village of Maybrook.  I want to thank the volunteers of Hope NOT Handcuffs for providing compassionate support and resources to these individuals and their family members. I’m very proud that our Village of Maybrook Police Department was one of the first to sign on to Hope NOT Handcuffs. This program has grown tremendously over the past few years and that is from the efforts of the volunteers and the participation of local law enforcement agencies. I just want to extend my appreciation this evening to the volunteer Angels and the Village of Maybrook Police Department who took the extra time to help a person in need.
  • Next Scheduled Village Board Meeting– Our next Village Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7 pm. As of now, we plan to have the meeting on WebEx. Any changes will be posted on the Village of Maybrook website. Also please stay in touch with the Village of Maybrook website and Facebook Page for updates on COVID-19 and village events.

Respectfully,

Mayor Dennis K. Leahy