Written by Joe Scotchie: email@example.com Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
As noted in last week’s issue of the Massapequan Observer, the board of trustees recently approved a 2012-13 budget, one that totaled $6,158,148 in appropriations. That number represents a slight decrease from the $6,165,979 appropriated in the 2011-12 document.
The BOT found savings in its own board of trustees segment. Also, decreases were possible in the purchasing budget, other general government support, control of animals, street lighting, drainage, and the buildings budget. The street lighting budget decreased to $179,000, down from the previous year’s budget of $198,500. Likewise, the buildings budget totaled $171,165, down from last year’s expenditures of $196,165. There were increases in the youth programs budget, plus those concerning street maintenance, snow removal and streets administration.
Total revenues, including the cash surplus, were down slightly in the budget, from $6,244,015 in 2011-12 to $6,158,148 this year. As always, the bulk of revenues are from real estate taxes. Here, there was an increase, from $3,761,762 in 2011-12 to $3,850,425 in this year’s budget. Revenues without the surplus amounted to $5,562,541, down slightly from $5,634,066 in 2011-12. The cash surplus was $595,607 as opposed to 2011-12’s $609,949.
Revenue from non-real estate sources included state aid per capita ($325,576), franchises ($300,000), fines forfeited bail ($180,000), payments in lieu of taxes ($155,000), state aid mortgage tax ($150,000) and permits ($145,000). In addition, $90,000 was raised from parking lots and garages revenue, while that same amount came from what village officials’ term as other unclassified revenues. All of these revenue totals were around the same as last year’s, with increases coming from franchises, permits and other unclassified revenues.
In all, village officials were pleased with the budget. Earlier this year, the board of trustees, as with those on other villages on Long Island, voted to override the 2 percent tax cap if needed. However, fiscal discipline allowed the budgeted tax levy to come in under that mandated tax cap. In his budget message, Mayor James Altadonna Jr. said that despite the override it was always the village’s “original intent” to comply with the cap.
“The most important objective of local government is maintaining the fiscal health of the community,” Mayor Altadonna said. “Due to economic conditions and costs outside of our control, we have tried to minimize the budget over the past several years. This careful planning and the recent mild winter helped us keep our expenses at a minimum this year.
“The budget we prepared this year maintains all village services at current levels with a modest 2.45 percent increase in the tax rate, from 9.6 percent to 9.8 percent. The increase to each homeowner will be approximately $16.59, assuming the average 7,000 assessed valuation.
“The budget represents a well-planned and conservative estimate of the requirements to provide the best village services available,” the mayor concluded.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”