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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 debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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