Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00
The Levittown Public School District’s Board of Education—following in the footsteps of the neighboring Island Trees School district—recently adopted a proposed tax break for veterans.
Throughout New York State, school districts are being asked to vote on a special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks for vets based on whether or not they saw combat or suffered a disability.
Although a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.
At a public hearing, on March 12, members of the Levittown Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the exemption. According to Assistant Superintendent of Business William Pastore, estimate approximately 1,562 veterans in the district are eligible to apply for the tax break. Of the total 1,563 veterans eligble, only 628 qualify as combat veterans, 97 qualify as a veteran with a service-connected disablity, and 837 qualify for a noncombat exemption.
“The Board of Education was happy to grant this extension to the many veterans in the Levittown community,” said Levittown Schools Superintendent Dr. James Grossane. “We have never forgotten that Levittown was planned and built for veterans, and we are pleased to acknowledge their service to this country in this way.”
Any impact to school and library taxes as a result of the exemption, would need to be picked up by non-veteran taxpayers. As a result, residents who are ineligible for this tax exemption are being asked to pay $55.11 more in school taxes and $2.99 more in library taxes, for a total annual increase of $58.10 more per household.
Board members explained that the approval of the Alternative Veterans exemption, would also extend to "Gold Star" Parents, who lost a child during combat. According to Board President Kevin Regan, the Board of Education adopted the alternative exemption on behalf of the Levittown community to show appreciation to the veterans and their families.
“Levittown was built as a community for veterans and we should be at the forefront in approving this veterans exemption,” Regan said.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with
McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating.
McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.
Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.
The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.