Written by Daniel Offner, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:10
Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.
However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.
“It’s really too early in the budget process to tell,” Kane said.
According to Kane, it is not uncommon for a municipality to authorize breaching the tax levy cap, before presenting a preliminary budget.
“If necessary, we have this tool available,” Kane explained. “It allows [the town] to override the cap, if need be.”
Should the town look to approve a budget exceeding the two percent threshold, the board would need five out of seven votes to approve a tax levy override.
Kane adds that the town’s department heads are currently reviewing the preliminary figures, going line-by-line to remove any unnecessary expenditures, before the town presents its preliminary budget, on Sept. 30.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Facilities Upgrades and Improvements Advisory Committee presented their recommendations regarding facility improvements to the Board of Education on Sept. The committee prioritized numerous projects to deliver a report that includes various building improvements and security upgrades.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Thousands of residents in South Farmingdale, Bethpage and Massapequa could face a rising water bill unless a group responsible for environmental pollution clean up its act.
On Sept. 2, Sen. Charles Schumer and the South Farmingdale Water District called on the U.S. Navy and the Department of Justice to prevent significant water bill increases for residents by chipping in for the construction a water treatment facility to filter and purify the ground water impacted by the Bethpage plume.