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Letter:

First, I’d like to commend the Island Trees School Board for abiding by its fiduciary responsibility to the residents of the district in exploring a possible sale of the Farmedge property. There is nothing wrong in doing preliminary research into the possible benefit of a sale on taxes and school funding.

 

First, I’d like to commend the Island Trees School Board for abiding by its fiduciary responsibility to the residents of the district in exploring a possible sale of the Farmedge property. There is nothing wrong in doing preliminary research into the possible benefit of a sale on taxes and school funding.

 

That said, I am against the sale of the property. There were a lot of arguments opposing the sale and development of the land that currently includes the Gallow and Karopczyc school buildings—many of which hold a lot of weight. 

 

My main concern is that the argument for selling is that the upkeep of the buildings costs the district about $200,000 a year (out of a $40 million budget)– which translates to about $30 per household based upon my limited knowledge of the specific budget numbers.  That is a small price to pay to hold onto the land, even if nothing is done with it.

 

There is the possibility of the district finding a new tenant to help offset the cost of maintenance. Or maybe the district and the town can cooperate on some sort of public park and community center – like was recently done in neighboring Plainedge.

 

To be fair, the board also argues that new development on the property would help increase the tax base, which would provide additional funds for other activities/projects for the school district. That benefit would take years to materialize and could potentially be unrealized if the proposed residences include school age children. And, no doubt any increased funds would go towards new spending as opposed to reducing taxes.

 

Our area is already overdeveloped. I’d much rather have a fraction of my tax dollars go to support an open field that my kids and the community can use and where the library can be housed, rather than handing it over to a developer and lose all control over it.

 

The people in attendance at the forum on February 10 spoke loud and clear, they are not in favor of a sale. I can’t imagine any other proposals for a residential development that would win over the majority of Island Trees residents. At this point, I’d hope the school board upholds its fiduciary duty and not waste any more money on studies of what to do with the property.

 

John Garger


News

Motivate Teens To Read

 

Communities value their libraries, and at the Levittown Library, the library staff, in turn, truly appreciates their patrons. Employees at the Levittown Public Library, with a talent for knitting, demonstrate their commitment to the community’s teens by making “amigurumi”—small knitted or crocheted stuffed toys—for use in the reading program. 

YES celebrates “A Taste of the Town”

Who says you have to travel into Manhattan for a fun-filled evening of delicious food and drink? YES Community Counseling Center hosted its 7th Annual “A Taste of the Town”, featuring many of the South Shore’s finest culinary establishments. All proceeds from the event benefited YES, a non-profit community-based organization providing services to children and families in the community.


Sports

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.


With six second half goals, the Farmingdale State Rams men’s soccer team picked up a 6-0 conference victory over the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons on Oct. 11, to improve to 5-8-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the Skyline. The visiting Gryphons fell to 2-9, 0-5 in conference play.


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