Written by Joe Scotchie: email@example.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
Year in and year out, local villages and school boards do everything they can to keep spending and taxes under control. But this year, the Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees surpassed even that by approving a budget that reduces both the tax rate and spending.
The 2012-2013 budget, approved at the April 3 meeting, contains a tax rate decrease of 2.02 percent. In addition, it decreases spending by $323,284. Village officials said that most of the savings came from the retirement of an outstanding bond.
All of this happened as the BOT faced a difficult fiscal climate with revenues projected to be down by $54,108. But village officials claimed that any revenue decrease “has been overcome by prudent financial planning and cost cutting measures.”
The 2012-2013 budget contains spending decreases in several departments, including village attorney and village engineer. Sewer maintenance and solid waste Disposal show slight increases.
More specifically, the debt service portion of the budget decreased by $392,266, with $305,000 coming from a serial bond segment and another $110,000.00 from budget notes principal portion. There were increases in a bond anticipation bond segment of the budget.
The total government support budget decreased by $24,229. Savings came, as noted, from the village attorney segment and also from decreases in engineering expenses. Decreases in the transportation budget, similarly, came from the elimination of a foreman’s salary. The public safety budget, meanwhile, saw a small $2,148 increase, thanks to the elimination of a compliance officer position. Increases in public safety came from the fire department budget.
BOT members said they would continue to closely monitor spending “to ensure that every tax dollar is well spent and that every revenue generating mechanism is maximized.”
“It is truly unprecedented in this day and age that a taxpayer is told that his or her taxes are going down,” said Mayor John Durkin. “The board and I are pleased to tell the taxpayers of Roslyn just that—-your taxes are going down. The board and I will continue to make every effort to continue this positive trend.”
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Roslyn High School girls’ lacrosse squad ended the regular season playing the same consistent ball they had all year. In early May, the Lady Bulldogs topped both Wheatley and Great Neck North, while losing a close match to conference rival MacArthur.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the year with a sterling 10-5 mark overall and a 5-4 winning record in Conference IV play.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Old Westbury Gardens recently held its 11th Annual Taste of Spring on the grounds of the Phipps Estate, a gold coast mansion built in 1906. More than 300 people attended, drinking a variety of wines and dining on gourmet hot foods served up by local chefs. One of the favorites was a chicken with peas topped with a fragrant winter lavender sauce cooked by Jeff Lawton. Other delicacies included duck, gnocchi, tacos, meatballs, prime rib, baked brie, and quiche followed by an assortment of chocolate desserts and crème Brule.
Long Island notables were also in attendance including author Nelson DeMille and Peter Tilles, a prominent developer. As guests mingled they also were treated to a special show of vintage bridal gowns staged throughout the house, many of the dresses dating back to the 1900’s and some worn by member of the Phipps family.
Proceeds from the event and the silent auction went toward the estate. Beverage and tasting sponsors included Banfi Vintners, Bryant and
Cooper Steak House, Chi, Dessert Diva, Elegant Affairs Catering, Jeff Lawton Catering, La Bottega, Robbins Wolfe Eventuers and Sterling Affair Caterers.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen members of the Green Vale Pacers, a girls’ running club, ran the 5K Race of the Long Island Marathon held at Eisenhower Park on May 4. All fifteen finished the race and a few finished at the top of their age divisions and within the top ten for all 354 female racers.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen Wheatley High School students have been recognized by the Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship and leadership qualities for the winter 2012-2013 season. All winter teams were recognized as NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Award winners. The Boys Indoor Track team was crowned NYS State Scholar Athlete Team Champions. The Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Nassau County Class B Championship.