The Levittown School District’s Board of Education has adopted a revised budget to put forth to voters after the first proposed budget failed by 23 votes on May 18.
At a meeting on Wednesday, May 26, six of the seven board members voted in favor of presenting to the voters a budget that is a 5.73 percent increase over the 2009/10 budget. The failed budget proposed a 6.12 percent increase over this year’s budget. The estimated tax levy increase is 2.63 percent, compared to the 3.81 percent increase proposed by the budget that failed.
Trustee James Ward voted against the budget, saying he would have liked to see a budget that is $3 or $4 million less than what the board approved.
“We shouldn’t have looked at the [failed] budget and taken money out,” Ward told the Levittown Tribune. “We should have taken the current budget and increased it.”
As of last Wednesday, May 27, users of MTA Long Island Bus Able-Ride program will have to call the service’s hotline to determine if they are still eligible for service.
A Federal U.S. District Court judge hearing lawsuit arguments against the MTA ruled last week that the transportation authority was allowed to institute the cuts that had been delayed since April.
“The judge dismissed the case, saying the regulation didn’t apply,” said Robert Shonefeld, an attorney for the plaintiffs. He had argued that an ADA regulation required the MTA to seek public participation, consult with and seek comment from people with disabilities about the proposed cuts when they were in the discussion phase. The judge ruled against the plaintiffs and the MTA was allowed to institute their cuts.
Dozens of disabled people arrived at Nassau University Medical Center in vans, wheelchair accessible buses and in Able-Ride vehicles, the subject of the very meeting they were there to attend. Their attorneys, advocates and elected officials came in cars; they don’t need handicapped vehicles to get around.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs organized the hearing, along with legislators Kevan Abrahams, Judi Bosworth, David Denenberg and Denise Ford at NUMC on Wednesday, May 19, giving disabled residents of Nassau County a venue to vent their frustrations and offer alternatives to cutting the MTA’s Able-Ride service.
If there is a fire, do you first put out the flames or try to find their source? Most agree in Nassau County that the current system by which property taxes are assessed and grieved is a crisis of “fire” proportions – with a quarter of a billion in taxpayer dollars wasted each year and well over $1 billion in existing debt - but officials and interest groups have begun arguing heatedly over how to fight it before the whole county goes down in the blaze.
On May 18, the Levittown School District budget that called for a 3.81 percent tax levy increase failed by 23 votes.
The failed 2010/11 budget of $193,543,816 was a 6.12 percent increase over the 2009/10 budget of $182,382,412.
With 3,227 votes for the budget and 3,250 votes against it, the school district has decided to re-count the votes. A school district official said Wednesday morning that the voting machines were sealed and sent to the Board of Elections for a re-count. It is estimated to take a few days for the re-count results to come in.
Voters in the Island Trees School District passed the proposed budget that called for a 3.5 percent tax levy increase. The passed budget of $57,020,084 was a 1.2 percent, increase from last year’s budget of $56,319,991.
The budget received 942 yes votes and 574 no votes, according to the school district’s clerk.
Community volunteers gathered on April 17 to spruce up Levittown in commemoration of Earth Day. The community-wide cleanup was a joint venture of the Levittown Community Council and the Town of Hempstead.
A Huntington Station man was arrested after driving through a red light, hitting a Levittown man’s car, killing him on May 4.
The Levittown Board of Education has two seats open for election for the 2010/11 school year. Trustee Gina Interdonato’s three-year term has expired and she has decided not to run for re-election. President Dan Bornstein’s three-year term has also expired and he is running for re-election. Bornstein, Thomas Kohlman, Peggy Sheridan-Marenghi and James W. Moran are all running for two, at-large positions. The Levittown Tribune has asked them a series of questions. Their answers appear below in alphabetical order.
The Island Trees Board of Education has two seats open for election for the 2010/11 school year. Vice President Carl Bonsignore’s three-year term has expired and he has decided not to run for re-election. President Peter Ray’s three-year term has also expired and he has also decided not to run for re-election. Running for vice president are William Buchanan, Barbara Medellin and George Storm. Running for president are Kristen Daum and Brian Kelty. The Levittown Tribune has asked them a series of questions. Their answers appear below in alphabetical order for their respective positions.
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