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Village Of Port Washington North Holds Annual Meeting

New budget comes in below 2 percent tax cap

The trustees of the Village of Port Washington North held their annual meeting on April 4. During the meeting, Mayor Robert Weitzner administered the oath of office to Trustees Michael Schenkler and Steve Cohen, who both ran unopposed for re-election.

The purpose of the annual meeting is to make all appointments that are necessary for the seamless administration of the village government. More than 20 appointments were made.

Following the annual meeting, a public hearing was held on the proposed budget for 2012-2013. The tax increase was limited to 1.902 percent with an assessed valuation of 12.7521 percent $100 of assessed valuation. Mayor Weitzner pointed out that the village had not passed a Tax Cap Override Law because the trustees were confident that the budget increase would be less than the state mandated cap of 2 percent.

Budget Officer Susan Pisano presented the $10,428,437 budget. Included in the budget is $800,000 in appropriated funds, which is set aside for the Pleasant Avenue and Bay Walk Projects. The money for the Bay Walk Project is a pass-through in the form of state, federal and local grants. The funds for the Pleasant Avenue project are part of the balance forward from previous years. In essence, the village “saved up the money” for repairing Pleasant Avenue and is now ready to send the project out to bid.

Trustee Schenkler said he thinks it has been five years that the village has been under a 2 percent tax increase. The budget will be approved at the April meeting of the trustees.

During the regular meeting there was some hopeful discussion with respect to the Soundview Market Place Shopping Center. The center is currently in receivership and is in need of repairs. There are ongoing negotiations that may help to revitalize the center.