Written by Mayor Jack Martins Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00
The Village of Mineola budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year is a solid financial document. It represents not a crisis budget, like many municipalities are forced to consider in this economy, but instead is the result of five years of careful planning and management.
By adhering to disciplined financial practices, reducing costs, and refusing new long-term debt, we are able to absorb the blows dealt by a troubled economy without raising taxes or cutting services.
In addition, by undertaking an accurate reassessment of all Mineola properties three years ago, we were able to end the tax certiorari hemorrhaging that was eroding our tax base and increasingly diverting budget resources from taxpayer services. Tax certioraris plague so many communities in Nassau County, and limiting this burden helped make long-term tax relief possible in Mineola.
Several years ago I asked Mineola taxpayers to do more with less during flush economies so that we could work together to achieve real, long-term tax relief within three to five years. This year would have seen the beginning of that tax relief effort were it not for unprecedented economic forces.
Simply put: Were it not for a devastated economy and new state-imposed costs, we would have been able to realistically consider reducing property taxes this year for all Mineola residents and businesses.
Despite these economic challenges, we are still able to present a budget that holds the line on taxes, maintains existing services, and actually adds new services to address long-neglected infrastructure needs.
I want to thank our board of trustees who worked together to achieve these goals, our village staff for flawlessly executing our management plans and, most of all, our taxpayers who put their faith in the principle that government can work better.