VILLAGE OF NEW PALTZ- The Village of New Paltz will be holding a public hearing on the tentative budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, and on the slate will be salary raises for the mayor, deputy mayor, and trustees. The spending plan represents more than a $320,000 increase, or a jump of more than 9 percent, to the “current budget as modified” according to village records.
Under the proposed spending plan, the mayor’s salary would increase to $60,255 and trustee salaries would increase to $8,000 per year.
While the trustee salary proposal puts their compensation in line with that of other municipalities, there has been some criticism of the mayor’s proposed compensation.
In the Village of Monroe in Orange County, which has a population larger than the Village of New Paltz and similar services such as a police department, the mayor is paid $32,000 per year. Similarly, in the City of Port Jervis, the mayor is paid $45,000 annually for overseeing a city of 8,700. The mayor of the City of Kingston, who oversees a much larger municipal budget and a population of over 24,000 is paid $95,000 per year in comparison.
The public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 22, 2003. At the public hearing, any person may be heard in favor of or against the tentative budget, including the proposed salary increases. The meeting will be live-streamed on the Village of New Paltz YouTube channel and questions can be submitted via the chat function. The meeting will also be available on Zoom video conference, and the public may use the “raise hand” function to speak. Finally, questions can be submitted in writing to email@example.com prior to the meeting.
Mayor Tim Rogers did not respond to a request for comment from Mid-Hudson News.