Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00
At its April 11 meeting, the Village of Massapequa Board of Trustees considered a tentative version of the 2011-2012 budget, the results of which will be voted on at the April 25 meeting.
The proposed budget amounts to $6,165,979 in total appropriations. Village officials estimate revenues other than real estate taxes at $1,792,431. According to Mayor James Altadonna, the expenditures amount to a “modest increase” of 1.44 percent from last year’s budget.
In addition, the proposed budget will contain an equally modest 1.53 percent decrease in revenues from $5,640,806 in 2010-2011 to $5,554, 193 in this year’s budget.
“Utilizing effective management and the Village Board’s conservative fiscal policy, we are proposing a 3 percent increase in our tax rate from 9.372 percent to 9.653 percent,” said Mayor Altadonna in a statement on the proposed budget. “This will increase our tax levy $106,373 from $3,655,389 to $3,761,762. Assuming the average residential assessed valuation of 7,000 this will approximate a $19.68 increase to each homeowner.”
There will be more details on the budget in an upcoming issue of The Massapequan Observer.
Earlier, at the April 4 meeting, the second decade of James Altadonna’s tenure as mayor of Massapequa Park began with the swearing in of recently re-elected trustees and the mayor himself. No specific fiscal numbers were discussed at the April 4 meeting, which included such ceremonial matters as bank and official depository designations, plus agreed upon salaries for elected officials.
The BOT did approve of inter-municipal agreements with the Seaford Fire Department for gasoline & diesel fuel, for a shared resource mutual aid agreement with the Villages of Amityville and Farmingdale, and for a shared road salt agreement with the Massapequa School District. In addition, the BOT designated Municipal Investors Service Corp. for investment of village funds under the guidelines set forth in the Cooperative Liquid Assets Securities System, Municipal Cooperation Agreement.
At the March 28 meeting, the BOT approved to consider the use of Community Development funds for the 37th consecutive year. The funds would be used for Residential Rehabilitation ($300,000), and Public Facilities & Improvements/Handicap ramp ($150,000).
The BOT also authorized the Village Administrator to purchase outstanding unpaid 2010/2011 taxes, an act that was effective as of April 1. The BOT also authorized the mayor to negotiate a new CSEA contract. It also allowed the Planning Commission to study the off-hours parking practices at Brady Park. In addition, sign permits were issued to Long Islander Trailers, Hitches N Rentals and Vantastic Autos, both located on Sunrise Highway.
In addition to Mayor Altadonna, other elected officials who were sworn for another term were Trustees Harry Jacobson and Tina Schiaffino, neither of whom faced a challenger in the March 18 election, as residents of Massapequa Park remain satisfied with their level of local government.