By Stephen E. Lipken
During the New Rochelle City Council Regular Legislative Meeting (RLM) on December 12, City Manager Charles B. Strome, III relayed the good news that since their Tax Warrant was issued, residents will be able to pre-pay both 2018 City and School Taxes in line with proposed federal legislation eliminating the federal deduction for State and local taxes.
The second installment of the 2017/2018 School Tax Bill is due April 30, 2018; City Tax, January 31, 2018. To pay School Taxes, search year 2017; City Taxes, 2018. Each tax bill must be paid separately.
Payment options include: 1) Online payment using E-check with $1.50 convenience fee; 2) Online credit card payment with convenience fee of 2.35%; or 3) Check, cash or money orders to City Hall Tax Office. Mailed payments must be postmarked by December 31, 2017.
Taxpayers having a mortgage with taxes paid by their lender through an escrow account should contact their lender directly for prepayment options.
An important Consent Agenda item approved by Council was the Ordinance regulating Open Air Gatherings. “The gathering or assembling of persons, the holding of … meetings in public places within the City without a permit issued by the City Clerk is hereby prohibited.
“However, no open air permits shall be issued within the boundaries of the Downtown Overlay Zone (DOZ) or in any nonresidential district contiguous to DOZ for gatherings on a public sidewalk except pursuant to an event sponsored by the Business Improvement District, Chamber of Commerce or the City of New Rochelle.”
Resolutions included adopting Findings and Determinations pursuant to Section 204 of the Eminent Domain Procedure Law in connection with acquisition of property for relocation of Fire Station Number 1 (65 River Street); authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Inter-municipal agreement with Town of Mamaroneck, Village of Pelham Manor and Village of Larchmont for design and construction phase of the sanitary sewer improvement project and proposed license agreement with Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse, Inc. relative to restoration of Hudson Park greenhouses.
Finally, Mayor Noam Bramson announced the re-appointment of Belkys Reyes-Cuni to the Historical Landmarks Review Board (HLRB) and Council passed a Resolution designating Councilman Ivar Hyden as Deputy Mayor for 2018.