Kinderhook super says 2019 budget reduces tax levy

KINDERHOOK–The Town of Kinderhook Board passed a $2.6-million 2019 budget at their meeting on Wednesday, November 7. Ahead of the vote the board held a public hearing but there was no comment from the public on the budget.

Supervisor Pat Grattan told the board that the tax rate for residents in the town would be $1.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value. For residents in the villages of Kinderhook and Valatie the rate will be .55 cents per $1,000.

He said that amount was decrease from last year and down from an all-time high in 2009. After the meeting Mr. Grattan said the town was well below the tax levy increase cap mandated by the state.

Mr. Grattan announced at the meeting that Kinderhook Bank will now collect taxes for the town at a cost of about $4,000 a year. He said the bank had more hours than the Town Clerk’s Office could offer. The board appointed Town Clerk Kim Pinkowski as Tax Collector for the rest of the year. Mr. Grattan said the board plans to dissolve the position next year.

Also at the meeting:

• The Town Board heard from developer Paul Calcagno about his plan to build apartments for residents 55 and older on property off of Route 9. The land is mostly in the town near Albany Avenue in the village, but the property can use Valatie Village water and sewer services. Mr. Calcagno’s plan includes three 4-story apartment buildings and a community building. But he told the board he would build in phases and that what he was presenting to them was just a preliminary site plan. “We can do a lot of different things,” he said.

He stressed that having this type of housing in the town would bring revenue to the area through taxes and use of local businesses.

Councilman Tim Ooms questioned the height of the buildings and said “you are way over on density” for buildings in the town’s zoning law. Town Attorney Andy Howard said that the town code allows for three stories.

Mr. Calcagno said he was coming to the Town Board “because they have oversight.” He continually stressed that his project is something needed in the town.

He said Valatie recently passed a zoning law restricting the height of buildings, which he said he understood because the village wanted a make a law to deter “bad projects.” But he said there should be exemptions for projects that the municipalities want.

Mr. Calcagno attended a Valatie Village Board meeting November 13 and discussed the density issue with village officials, who said their zoning law could possibly allow a little over 100 units. He will still have to go the planning boards in the town and village with the plans

• The Town Board also heard from two members of the Ichabod Crane Board of Education about a $27-million capital improvement project the district is proposing. Residents will be able to vote on the project in December. Councilwoman Patsy Leader questioned the school board members on the security measures in the project. She also said that most senior citizens in the district are living on low fixed incomes. Board member John Antelak talked about the tax increase not affecting property owners until 2020 and that on average it would mean $75 more in taxes a year on a house assessed at $200,000. But he stressed that upgrading the school buildings would be “preserving the value of that asset.”

The next Town Board meeting will be Monday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building.

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