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Village To Vote On Piercing Two-Percent Tax Cap

The Board will decide on April 9; Pontieri says piercing would protect the Village from possible accounting errors.

The Patchogue Village Board of Trustees will vote on April 9 on whether or not to pierce the New York state-imposed two-percent tax cap that has afflicted school districts and villages across Long Island.

Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri had the date set at Monday's Village Board of Trustees meeting.

Pontieri told Patch Tuesday afternoon that wanting to pierce the state-imposed two-percent tax cap has more to do with keeping the Village safe in terms of its accounting and not due to needing to stay within the cap’s limits.

“If we make an error, that error carries into the next year,” Pontieri said.

Pontieri also cited common cost increases such as a 15 percent increase in medical expenses and other rising costs that make the two-percent cap a challenge to work with.

“We’ve created the fairly health surplus that we will be able to work off of, and hopefully that surplus is above what we need to do,” Pontieri said.

John Bogack March 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Update reference Mr. Kennedy's comments. The actual vote on the budget will take place on Wednesday April 17th at 6 p.m. at village hall. This is a special meeting and consistent with the past practice of the board to hold such meetings for this subject matter only. Last two years the board did take public comment on the budget then voted on it immediately after the public comment and their debate was ended. Copies of the proposed budget are not yet available for review by the public as of this date. The public hearing ot the 9th. a regular board meeting date, would then appear to be "limited" to the issue of whether the two percent cap should be pierced or not.
jimmy murphy March 30, 2012 at 09:06 PM
When WILL they release the budget for public review…at the stroke of midnight on April 16th? Typical.
feduponbay March 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Is there a reason why the mayor does not post on here the answers to anyone's concerns?
Lee March 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I can think of 291 reasons why he doesn't post on here.
feduponbay March 31, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I mean, how out of touch with the residents is our Mayor? All of these 'concerned residents' on here, and I never see a post by the board or mayor with real answers....

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