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Vet Tax Breaks Up For Discussion

Residents in the Mineola School District may or may not need to pony up more in taxes as a result of a proposed exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being met with this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks based on whether or not they are a veteran, saw combat or suffered a disability. It’s possible to qualify for all three.

 

While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.  

 

Members of the Mineola School District Board of Education would have to approve the exemption during a public hearing, but no hearing has been confirmed. If they elect to deny the exemption, a hearing is not needed.

 

“I have quite a bit of [literature] on that,” Mineola School Board President Artie Barnett said. “It has been recommended to the school boards to hold off until they can rectify some language in the law. If we were to grant an exemption, there was no way out of it or to adjust it afterwards.” 

 

Mineola resident Sal Thomas, who served in Iraq in 2004-05, is in favor of the exemption.

 

“I think it’s such a challenge with the cost of living, especially in Long Island,” he said. “With this exemption, it would greatly help veterans who want to come back to where they grew up and raise a family.”

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Nagler said the tax tiers can cause changes in alloted exemptions.

 

“Every tier changes the dollar amount,” he said. “It’s a bigger exemption if you were in combat or are a Gold Star parent (lost someone in combat). There’s a lot of pieces to it that can change the number.”

 

Any impact to school taxes as a result of the exemption, would need to be picked up by non-veteran taxpayers. As a result, residents who are ineligible for this tax exemption, will need to pay more per household. District officials said they could not release numbers because the school board did not officially discuss it in a hearing.

 

The state deadline to enact the exemption for this tax season is March 15.

 

“We’ve definitely been having some internal discussions on it,” Barnett said.


News

The Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael

Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.

 

Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


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