Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 14 January 2014 09:22
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.
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The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future.
At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district.
The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments.
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Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.
“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season.
“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”
But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going.
The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang. The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage.
“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “
But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts.