Orangetown faces tax increase due to sewage treatment plant

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ORANGETOWN -

A Rockland County community is concerned that a major overhaul of a local sewage treatment plant could lead to a big increase in taxes.

Orangetown officials say upgrades at the plant are needed because the State Department of Environmental Conservation changed the rules regarding the levels of chlorine and ammonia that flow from the plant into the Hudson River.

The mandates could raise taxes in the town by up to 4 percent.

The town supervisor says he's doing everything he can so neighbors don't feel the sting in their pockets. "My goal is to get this as close to zero as possible. We're pursuing multiple-pronged options. We have the consolidation option, we have the privatization option if that doesn't work. And we have the option of actually challenging the requirements of the levels. Because if we get the levels raised a bit, it might actually reduce the cost to meet those levels," says Orangetown Town Supervisor Chris Day.

New York State is giving Orangetown a one-year extension to explore different payment options, and submit a final plan.

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