The Board of Trustees of the Village of Mineola presented its tentative budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year at the April 13 board meeting. The approximate $19 million budget represents a 3.65 percent tax increase. The budget must be adopted by May 31, the end of the current fiscal year.
Mayor Scott Strauss stressed that the budget presented was in “real numbers” and that this is pretty much what the village was going with for the next year. He estimated that the tax increase was about $5 more a month per household.
The Mineola Chamber of Commerce (COC) presented a revamped Mineola Fair to the board of trustees last Wednesday. Origin Press owner and COC President Ray Sikorski as well as Willis Hobbies owner/past president Steve Ford, Piccola Bussola owner/chamber board member Tony Lubrano and chamber treasurer Linda Doerbecker pled their case, stating that to bring the fair to the doorsteps of the business owner was an advantageous thing to do.
This past election season, Mineola saw one of its own take a senate seat, another local resident become mayor and now a new village board come to fruition in front of a packed house at its community center.
To some, a photo is an image of a person, object, event; you name it. To Keith Warhola, a photo is a story, a piece of someone’s time, a moment cherished forever and a way to showcase a subject which words cannot be used.
After all the protests and disagreements, after all the proposals and changes, New York State has an on-time budget for the first time in 15 years and just a third on-time budget in 28 years.
With all the hoopla that will be occurring next year (Cross Street closing, fifth and eighth grade moving) the Mineola School District Superintendent Michael Nagler announced some “wrinkles” they feel will expand and enhance the courses and programs offered to students.
The Mineola School District presented its second draft of the 2011-2012 district budget at its last meeting on March 16 at the Willis Avenue School. The proposed budget for the next school year is $84,128,573. The budget-to-budget increase sits at $3,893,065 (4.86 percent) with a tax levy increase of 2.44 percent.
A new gym will be opening up in Mineola as the village board unanimously approved an application from Personal Training Institute to move into a space on Jericho Turnpike.
The business will be located at 460 Jericho Turnpike, the former location of Creative Lighting, which closed last year.
After Mineola saw two board members step back from a mayoral and trustee candidacy, and a new trustee appointed in December, who’s now the new mayor, Mineola’s new board of trustees has all but come to fruition. The board certified the results of the 2011 village elections last Wednesday.
The village saw its biggest turnout at the polls since 2008, exclusive of referendums, according to village officials. Trustee Scott Strauss ran unopposed for mayor and received 973 total votes.
Two Mineola High School students were honored at village hall Wednesday night for their distinguished accomplishments, both of which had one elected official stumped of its wordage.
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