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Locals to Pay for Irene Cleanup in Tentative 2012 Town Budget

Smithtown looks to replenish surplus funds used to clean the town following Tropical Storm Irene.

Smithtown has proposed a 2012 town budget that charges locals close to $1 million cover clean-up costs from Tropical Storm Irene.

With increases, the tentative budget is still below the mandatory 2 percent tax cap instituted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo: the increase from 2011 is .7 percent.

Superintendent of Highways Glenn Jorgensen said cleanup after Irene cost roughly $1.4 million and ate up surplus funds.

The increase in highway funds, which would cost taxpayers roughly $19.90 per household, is to replenish the surplus for 2012.

“The increase was mostly because of the hurricane, and they want to keep the surplus … I spent it on the hurricane cleanup so they want to make sure that they still have that surplus in next years budget,” Jorgensen said.

The tentative budget, $969,839 higher than the adopted 2011 budget, has six areas that would increase if adopted.

In 2011 the general fund was $3,250,000, in the tentative budget it would increase to $4,250,000; the highway machinery fund was $400,000 in 2011, it would increase to $475,000; highway snow account was $65,000, it would increase to $75,000; outside village fund was $650,000 in 2011, it would increase to $850,000; the solid waste district portion was $318,500 2011, it would increase to $626,600; country club and highway bridge portion was $18,802 in 2011, it would increase to $48,615.

If adopted, cuts would come from the highway road account, which would decrease to $565,000 from $900,000 in 2011, from the street lighting district which would decrease to $200,000 from $300,000 in 2011, and from the water districts which would decrease to $41,926 from $260,000 in 2011.

Cat October 07, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Oh! Do I wish!!!
ronnie111 October 07, 2011 at 10:15 AM
If I come to Charlotte can I get a job at Stucky's too?
Marion Knott October 07, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Our highway department has always been the best. After a storm, our roads are clear sooner than others. Years ago we used to brush them curbside in piles until it was realized that it was a dangerous to the kids who loved to play in the leaves.
Jim Bennett October 13, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I've got no complaints. Our Highway Department did an outstanding job after the Hurricane. You have to pay for good service. If you don't care, move to Charlotte.
angela wellsen November 02, 2011 at 11:23 PM
It's great idea to raise taxes $$$ during an Economic Recession. Let's making the NEW Tax even higher! What the heck.. With a $22 Million Cash Surplus collecting little Interest. Creighton and Wehrheim have proven they truly lack business savvy. If you Resent this Tax Increase, you do have a Loud VOICE on Tuesday 11-8-2011 with your vote and your neighbors vote. As a Registered Republican - you are allowed by law to Cross Party Lines and vote for the Best and Smartest Candidates with REAL Business Experience. Hey - it's your money that's be taxed and taken away from you. Are you Happy Now? You should review the Websites of the different Candidates I found 2 of them – the other 2 websites appear to be missing? http://www.voteteresahaft.com/ http://howard4smithtown.com/

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