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Manhasset Park District 2010 Budget Is Lower Than Last Year

On Thursday, Sept. 3 the Manhasset Park District held a public hearing and approved a budget for 2010 that will cut taxes for the residents of the District. Under the leadership of Bernard Rolston, Patricia Roberts and Mark Sauvigne the MPD has been able in these tough economic times to maintain the services the residents expect and still cut costs. After many hours of review and in an effort to be fiscally prudent, they are pleased to present a budget that is 10 percent lower than last year that will result in a 13.5 percent tax cut to the residents of the district. It is our goal to hold down the spending and taxing of our residents while continuing to keep our services at the high standards you have come to expect.

In the next several weeks we will complete our lot paving program that was started several years ago by repaving the shoppers’ lot on Locust Place. The Manhasset Park District has been able to repave and redesign all of its parking lots over the last five years without reaching out to the taxpayer for the cost. We have been able to set up a program and pay for these improvements out of our annual operating budget and have not gone to the taxpayer for any bond or tax increases. In each of our redesigns we have been able to increase the number of parking spaces which has assisted in paying for the subsequent improvements that have been done throughout the district.

The district is proud of all the capital improvements we have been able to complete without looking to the taxpayers - refurbishing the Plandome Road Brick Wall, the World War I Memorial, the Christmas Tree on Shelter Rock Road, the 9-11 Memorial and the Gold Star Memorial, the repaving of train lots #1, #2, #3, the George Street lot, the Colonial Parkway lot and the Locust Place lot. We feel that these improvements should last a decade or more so it is prudent in these tough economic times to cut the taxes to our residents.

Commissioners Rolston, Roberts, and Sauvigne are all taxpayers within the district. We feel that it is the responsibility of local government to lead the way in cutting taxes in this economic climate. The Park District is showing the town, county, state and federal government that it is possible to cut taxes and maintain services. The district’s hands-on management and tight-fisted approach to spending have given us the ability to reduce taxes for all. Thank you for your continued support.

Submitted by the Manhasset Park District