Opinion

The Levittown Property Owners Association met on Dec. 9, with President Jim Morrow presiding.

President Morrow read some letters of importance for members. The first was from an attorney offering assistance in challenging the homeowners' property tax assessment as the grievance period began Jan 2 to March 2, 2009. It was noted that while business and condo assessments were reduced, the homeowners' have been increased. He also read a letter Town Councilman Gary Hudes sent to Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi requesting that the county reinstate funds for vermin (rats, etc.) removal services which were eliminated from the county's budget. These funds have been included for years in previous county budgets and are not included in the state budget.

Several members commented on reduced home heating oil rates. The company used by LPOA members, MAC Heating, continues to drop its reduced delivery rates for members below their "cap" price as the market prices continue to drop dramatically. As people join the LPOA to be included with this company, their rates will continue to drop.

Concern was raised by comments of a new young member about the lack of information available to new residents on the LPOA and its services to Levittown homeowners. Someone suggested we consider opening a website. For new residents, information about the many organizations which serve the community is available from the Levittown Public Library and the weekly Levittown Tribune newspaper. Unfortunately, many new residents - even longtime residents - tell us they do not know of the newspaper which covers Levittown's events and information . . . nor of the LPOA.

The LPOA dates from 1949 and is probably one of the older organizations serving the community. As the need arises, many organizations have formed to assist and enhance the lives of residents. The Levittown Public Library is about the most centrally located landmark serving the community; it is a reliable source of information about the organizations which contribute to the life of Levittown.

President Morrow has been asked about a traffic problem caused by an oversized recreational vehicle parked permanently on a local street (Morning Glory Road and Aster Lane). He has contacted the 8th Precinct about the situation and is investigating the regulations on the issue.

The next meeting of the LPOA will be on Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Levittown Public Library.


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