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Letter: Concerns with Farmedge

I have lived in the Island Trees community for the past 41 years. When I was raising my children I was very active in both the Island Trees School community and many organizations that make up this community.

I was in attendance at the Feb. 10, meeting where the Island Trees School District presented their proposals for the Island Trees Farmedge property. I left that meeting with many concerns. One of my biggest concerns, was how this matter is being approached by both the school district and the Island Trees Library.

As a resident I feel that both parties need to work together in a more constructive manner for the good of our community... which is more than just Levittown. The Island Trees Community is made up of both Bethpage and Seaford addresses as well as Levittown. As long as I have been living in Island Trees with all the reorganizing the district has gone through, I have not yet seen my property taxes go down. And I’m sure with any reoganizing that is going to be done this time will also be the case. I think residents should come to realize that taxes will never go down, but the only way to keep the taxes reasonable is to make decisions that sometimes are not good for individual homeowners, but good for the community as a whole.

I don’t think there is an easy answer to what our community should do with the Farmedge property. I feel district residents from all aspects of the community should work together to try to come up with a decision that will benefit the community as a whole. I would hope the Island Trees School District will set up a Committee to address the community’s concerns.

Julie Ann Tomeo, Bethpage

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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.

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“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


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