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Last week Williston Park Budget Officer John Morris presented the budget to the residents for the year ending May 31, 2010.

His presentation was extremely clear, handing out a copy of the budget to all in attendance and then going through each area, line by line ending with a 3.5 percent increase.

Morris started with the general fund and the first line he described was Board of Trustees.

He said that last year the line approved was $42,200 and this year it is $29,500.

In 2008 the Village Justice Department was $68,052 and this year it is proposed at $70,852. Last year the budget was $12,225 and this year it is proposed at $12, 175. Last year the line was $28,500 and this year it is proposed at $26,400. Last year the line was $285,500 and this year it will come in at $284,750. Last year the assessment line was $5,300 and is the same. Last year it was budgeted at $109,250 for last year and is proposed at $104,500 for this year. Last year it was proposed at $60,500 for last year and is propose at $30,000 for this year. Last year the amount for this line was $100 but this year it's $5,430 because this year there is a village election. Last year the amount budgeted was for $84,503 and this year it is recommended at $82,403. Budgeted last year was $11,020 and this year is $11,000. The amount that was reported for last year was $966,810 and that was the same for the coming year. It includes municipal dues and meetings, judgments and claims, provision for doubtful accounts, contingent accounts, unallocated insurance. The Williston Park Fire Department budget recommended by the budget officer was $364,925 and that was a $5,000 reduction. The budget in '08 was $207,708 and in '09 it was recommended at $182, 294. The entire budget for the Auxiliary Police didn't change that much either. Last year the budget was $592,966 and recommended is $560,869. Last year this budget was $641,422 and this year it is exactly the same. That budget is also staying at the same amount of $21,700. That amount will stay at $61,550, the same as last year. That includes decals and signs, lighting and lot maintenance and the amount will remain as last year at $4,200. This includes newsletter contractual, newsletter postage and program for aging and the total will remain the same as last year at $8,125. That line will remain the same at $10,500. This includes Historical and Environmental, contractual celebrations, special events and holiday expense and it will remain at $4,500. This budget is the same as last year at $5,100. This includes equipment, equipment and solid waste disposal and is the same total as last year at $945,250. Street cleaning budget is the same as last year and the amount is $14, 850. This includes tree planting as well as tree removal and is the same as last year at $13,500. Gaffiti removal, beautification, school district committee-same as last year $500.

As in most budgets the employee benefits is one of the high numbers in a budget but this year Williston Park is holding the line and the amount is the same $122,900.

Other items in the budget included the running of the pool and the revenues collected from the pool. To that fact the total water fund appropriation, as recommended by the budget officer, is $1,415,900 and the total water fund revenue is $1,415,900.

On the library line the total fund appropriation is $422,506 and last year it was $425,750. The total library fund revenue is $433,506.

Last year the swimming pool appropriation came in at $461,850 and this year it is projected to be $447,550.

The entire Williston Park Village Budget may be obtained by stopping in at village hall, 494 Willis Avenue and picking up a copy.

The next board meeting is set for April 20 at 8 p.m. and at that time the village will be honoring POP (Problem Oriented Police) John Dockswell.


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