Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.