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Village Budget Adopted

New Hyde Park tax levy set at 2.04 percent

Number crunching is over for the Village of New Hyde Park after the board of trustees adopted the 2013-14 village budget on Tuesday, April 16. The final total budget is set at $5,853,068.67, which represents a $31,433.51 increase from last year.

 

The village will not pierce the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap, affirming a 2.04 ($4,061,113.39) tax levy increase. On April 2, the village presented a tentative 2.23 percent tax levy, which mirrored New York State’s allowable limit to New Hyde Park.

 

Residents will pay an additional $29.16 per year. New Hyde Park voted to allow the village to exceed the cap if needed on Jan. 15.

 

The village could not raise the levy more than about $90,000. Mayor Robert Lofaro announced the year-to-year tax levy increase was $81,314. The first draft of the budget was approximately $7,000 more than the official increase.

“I’d like to thank everyone that was involved in the budget process,” Lofaro said. “Passing the budget only means that we set what the tax rate is and that’s the amount we’re going to collect in taxes. It doesn’t mean we’re going to spend any of this money, or we may spend more, or less. As the year progresses, we’ll see. The budget is a guideline, but we obviously want to remain within the budget.”

 

The village’s objective is to come into next year with a surplus, not a deficit, according to Lofaro. New Hyde Park’s tax rate went up 2.94 percent ($0.58). The tentative budget originally called for a 3.9 percent tax rate increase.

Health expenses in New Hyde Park are projected to increase $5,196.72 ($688,642.72) from last year. Village officials noted that some employees have to contribute between 10 and 20 percent for medical, dental and vision expenses.

Retirement expenses are expected to total $387,615; a $29,901 increase from the prior budget. Other notable employee benefit budget lines like workers compensation took a dive, topping off at $143,096.45, a $1,903.55 drop.

Village revenues dipped to $1,791,955.28, a 2.71 percent decrease from last year. Salaries saw a 2.94 percent increase in adopted budget, with the village’s employee contract set to expire on May 30, 2014.

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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