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Village Talks Tax Cap Override

In preparation for budget season, the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees recently adopted legislation that will allow the village to enact an override of the state’s 2 percent tax levy cap. A procedural requirement, the local law enables the village to decide—by a two-third board majority vote—whether it will exceed the cap, without the threat of a penalty from the state. 

 

“Even though the village board has no intention of going over the 2 percent cap,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we prepare ourselves by passing a law saying we can.”

 

Ekstrand said that the village felt it was prudent to adopt the local law, even though it has no intention of going over the property tax cap in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, as a safety net, should the village need to break the cap. According to Ekstrand, if the village did not pass the local law and found it needed to exceed the 2 percent tax levy threshold, it would be penalized by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. 

 

“We have not gone over the 2 percent cap... since it has been enacted [in 2010],” said Village Trustee William Barnett.

 

Barnett explained that by adopting the local law, the village is given more flexibility to draft its upcoming 2014-2015 budget. He added that since 2008, the village has increased real property tasxes by an average of 1.47 percent annually, and that while revenues decreased, total budget spending was not increased. 

 

Although the village has not presented a preliminary 2014-2015 spending plan, as of press time, village officials proclaim that they have no intention of exceeding the state’s two percent tax levy cap requirement. 

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

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The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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