The approved a nearly $19 million budget on Wednesday for 2013 at a public hearing at police headquarters.
Prior to the hearing, Commissioners James Duncan, Dave Franklin and Angela Mullins passed a resolution to override the state mandated tax levy limit of 2 percent to a 3.5 percent over the 2012 budget. That increase will provide for a $17,25,8744 tax levy.
The commissioners also adopted a resolution to allocate $500,000 from its capital projects line to reduce taxes for the year 2013.
"On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, I would like to thank the district's treasurer Kerrie DeGregorio for all her diligent work and efforts with regards to the Budget for 2013," Mullins said. "She is a very dedicated."
Port Washington resident Barry Loeb objected to the time frame in which the budget was made available, noting that it was first made public at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“There’s not enough time to look at it with any specificity,” he said, adding that “the public is at a loss” on that regard.
Taking that into consideration, Mullins said the budget for 2014 would be made more widely available.
While Resident Steve Kaplan inquired about PBA agreement with regards to the budget, the commissioners maintained that the budget reflected the unsigned agreement.
Loeb also questioned the inclusion of rental income in the budget, given that the revenue would come , and the district had yet to sign agreement with Verizon.
The board meets next on Sept. 19 at police headquarters at 7 p.m.