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Village Enacts Tax Cap Override

The New Hyde Park Village Board voted to grant itself power to exceed the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

 

The plan is to stay within the set limit, however, Mayor Robert Lofaro said it may be tough this year. The village has not exceeded the cap since its inception in 2011. 

 

“We haven’t pierced the cap,” he said. “We hope to not do it this year and we want to put together a responsible budget.”

 

New Hyde Park wanted the option available so the village does not end up painted into a corner when it comes time to craft a budget. If any village, without the override goes over the cap that village would incur heavy fines.

 

The tax cap limits the increase in property taxes each year for school districts and local municipalities to 2 percent, or the rate of inflation. If a community chooses to increase taxes more than the tax cap allows, a 60 percent vote on a school budget or a 60 percent

vote by a local legislative body can override it. A local municipality would need to enact the override each year to have the ability to exercise it.

 

“This is the process that is required,” said Lofaro. “We haven’t had any comments in the last two years so I think we’re doing something right. I find a lot of villages wait to pass their local laws in February and March.”

 

Budget numbers for the 2014-15 fiscal year are still being finalized. New Hyde Park operated on a $5.85 million budget in 2013-14.

 

The village could not raise the levy more than about $90,000 last year. The 2013-14 tax levy increase was $81,314.

 

Village revenues dipped last year to $1,791,955.28, a 2.71 percent decrease. Employee salaries saw a 2.94 percent increase in previous budget. The village’s employee contract is set to expire on May 30.

News

The Village of New Hyde Park will soon hear Manhattan businessman Sam Chan’s proposal to open a 84-seat hibachi-style restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

“The board will be hearing the case for restaurant usage,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “This will also have to go before the zoning board. They will likely hear the case.”

A fatal car accident on Tuesday, Aug. 19 that claimed the life of a 55-year-old man on Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park could fast-track a $250,000 Nassau County project announced last month to install traffic calming features along the road. The project would run north from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont.

“The project is already ongoing and will continue to progress,” said Nassau County Department of Public Works rep Michael Martino.


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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