Written by Gary Simeone Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00
The Town of North Hempstead Board held a special meeting on Monday night, November 21 to override the 2 percent budget tax cap recently imposed by the State. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the measure which would adopt a local law amending Chapter No. 24 of the town code entitled, ‘Governmental Operations.’ A $108.3 million budget was approved.
“There were several special district budgets that came in higher than planned which pushed us over the two percent tax cap,” said Town Supervisor, Jon Kaiman. “One of those was in the Village of Great Neck where their garbage numbers came in higher than originally estimated.” The garbage district in the village, he explained, recently expanded to accommodate 500 new families.
Another reason for the increase which sent the tax levy up to 2.3 percent is because the town is on the hook to pay for subsidies owed by the Community Colleges. “There is $1.7 million owed by the Community Colleges that we need to foot the bill for,” said Councilman Thomas Dwyer.
Kaiman emphasized that the town taxes will not go up across the board but will vary by district. “The average increase per household should be less than $10 a year,” he said.