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Village Budget Adopted

New Hyde Park tax levy set at 2.04 percent

Number crunching is over for the Village of New Hyde Park after the board of trustees adopted the 2013-14 village budget on Tuesday, April 16. The final total budget is set at $5,853,068.67, which represents a $31,433.51 increase from last year.

 

The village will not pierce the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap, affirming a 2.04 ($4,061,113.39) tax levy increase. On April 2, the village presented a tentative 2.23 percent tax levy, which mirrored New York State’s allowable limit to New Hyde Park.

 

Residents will pay an additional $29.16 per year. New Hyde Park voted to allow the village to exceed the cap if needed on Jan. 15.

 

The village could not raise the levy more than about $90,000. Mayor Robert Lofaro announced the year-to-year tax levy increase was $81,314. The first draft of the budget was approximately $7,000 more than the official increase.

“I’d like to thank everyone that was involved in the budget process,” Lofaro said. “Passing the budget only means that we set what the tax rate is and that’s the amount we’re going to collect in taxes. It doesn’t mean we’re going to spend any of this money, or we may spend more, or less. As the year progresses, we’ll see. The budget is a guideline, but we obviously want to remain within the budget.”

 

The village’s objective is to come into next year with a surplus, not a deficit, according to Lofaro. New Hyde Park’s tax rate went up 2.94 percent ($0.58). The tentative budget originally called for a 3.9 percent tax rate increase.

Health expenses in New Hyde Park are projected to increase $5,196.72 ($688,642.72) from last year. Village officials noted that some employees have to contribute between 10 and 20 percent for medical, dental and vision expenses.

Retirement expenses are expected to total $387,615; a $29,901 increase from the prior budget. Other notable employee benefit budget lines like workers compensation took a dive, topping off at $143,096.45, a $1,903.55 drop.

Village revenues dipped to $1,791,955.28, a 2.71 percent decrease from last year. Salaries saw a 2.94 percent increase in adopted budget, with the village’s employee contract set to expire on May 30, 2014.

News

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. 

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.


Sports

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. 

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. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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