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Port Washington Police District Passes 2013 Budget

Budget exceeds 2% cap; funds shifted to alleviate burden on taxpayers.

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.

Craig Baines September 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Next comes a lucritive "no give back" labor contract and then another biggie, a Taj Mahal new police department HQ recomended by the hand picked insider committee. Where will it all end? First bust the Governor Cuomo tax cap, Second big pay raises for the already overpaid cops, Third multi-million dollar HQ, Forth, School district follows suit and raises the tax cap too, Fifth the back of the taxpayer is broken and they have to move out of town. Good job commissioners! If these commissioners keep up the big spending they are about to kill the goose that laid the golden egg. The handwriting is on the wall and Bob Persons will have proved to be the canary in the coal mine.
Ed Shendell September 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I just visited the Police District website and there is no information about the budget, no information about meetings, no agendas, no news later than 2010 and the latest election info is about the 2010 election. Does anyone there understand informing the taxpayers and open and transparent government?
hank ratner September 17, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I must agree with Ed Shendell regarding no information regarding the just passed budget, no information as to dates/times of police meetings etc. etc. This is wrong and should be addressed and corrected.
Jon Barrie September 17, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Left Port Washington for Lower Taxes. The perversion is that I am surrounded by like minded neighbors who are middle aged Nassau County police retirees or retired Long Island teachers who also escapes the outrageous taxes their benefits have mandated
Jon Barrie September 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Addendum to comment above: I departed both overtaxed Port Washington and overtaxed Long Island, NY . My neighbors at the North Carolina beach are overpaid and gold plate benefited L. I. Policemen and teachers.

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