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A New Plan for 'Roslyn Country Club' Property

North Hempstead officials now propose creating a special district.

New plans have unfolded for the , according to the . 

The town now proposes creating a special district for Roslyn Country Club, encompassing 668 homes, with homeowners becoming club members. 

This district would then issue bonds for the repairs, placing the financial burden on the the district, rather than the town. In addition, some of the operational costs might be applied to homeowners in the district. 

The property had sparked controversy among North Hempstead residents. While many living in Roslyn Heights had pointed out that a revamped facility would be an asset to the town, other North Hempstead residents living outside the area questioned the cost.   

Not long ago, town officals had intended to purchase the property with funds from the town's . The town's plan included issuing $7.5 million in bonds to cover needed improvements, and sell memberships to town residents at $1,000 per family.

But many , and an estimated 4,000 signatures were collected on a petition in favor of putting the plans for the property to a referendum. However, one resident had of those signatures.

While the new plan shifts the financial burden from the town to the district, there is no word yet on how many memberships would be available to other town residents or what membership would cost.

Nassau Taxpayer August 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Good redirect, but why only "some of the operational costs might be applied to homeowners in the district?" Why not bill the 668 ALL OF THE CAPITAL AND OPERATIONAL COSTS, paying them an annual dividend if total membership receipts net of SG&A costs exceeds capital, ownership and operating costs? The town now proposes creating a special district for Roslyn Country Club, encompassing 668 homes, with homeowners becoming club members. This district would then issue bonds for the repairs, placing the financial burden on the the district, rather than the town. In addition, some of the operational costs might be applied to homeowners in the district.
NH pays tax August 22, 2012 at 02:32 AM
How much money was given away to connected lawyers To get to this point ? First pay a firm for condemnation of the park Then , pay another lawyer to fight the petition in court Neither of which was necessary , do we , as taxpayers have the right to know?
Dave Franklin August 22, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Freedom Of Information Law ( FOIL ) The town clerk's office should be able to provide you with the information since it involves spending taxpayer dollars. There will be a small fee but you can get it.
R Miller August 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Well this is a disaster starting to ramp up.
Nassau Taxpayer August 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Not if taxpayer liabilities are completely limited to those within the Special District.
Rick Atkinson August 22, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Another boondoggle that will be paid for by all of the townspeople and enjoyed by the"clubmembers". The best part is that it will be money just spent by the town and most people won't even know that the place exists. Another taxpayer burden. Even if the clubmembers pay for the maintenance and upkeep they will still get a deal since the land is owned by the people of the town, not them. Another layer of exclusivity using town money.
Nassau Taxpayer August 22, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Not if taxpayer liabilities are completely limited to those within the Special District.
Terry August 22, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Finally, common sense and fairness prevails. Now then, we need resolve the outstanding operational expense aspect. All of the day to day operational costs (not just capital expense) must be applied to EVERY homeowner in the district. I am all for a special park district - encompassing the 668 homes - for the old Roslyn Country Club - as long as those local homeowners pay for it.
Port North Resident August 23, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Newsday did a much better piece on this story, what the Patch fails to mention is that under the new plan ALL operational costs would be borne by the town (i.e. us the taxpayers) while the "district" would only cover the cost of the bonds, and in exchange Jon Kaiman is giving the 668 families FREE yes FREE membership to the pool, and offering us town folk the privileged of one of the limited memberships to the pool for $1000.00, what I find even more amazing is that we have to pay the bill for this pool and now there is only a "limited number of memberships". How on earth is this boondoggle ever going to break even, or make money as Kaiman claims that it can, well it certainly won't now, this plan is worse than the first that Kaiman came up with, it is time to let us voters have our say and vote "NO" on this horrible plan. If the people want a pool let's have a real special district where the 668 homeowners pay for everything, that is the concept of a special district if you need a model look at Clinton G Martin in New Hyde Park.
Nassau Taxpayer August 23, 2012 at 02:06 AM
No F@$&%^ Way will this work or pass a popular vote. Anyone proposing this has a self-defeating wish.
Nassau Taxpayer August 23, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Based on the completely different premise as reported in Newsday... (see bottom) No Bleeping Way.
NH pays tax August 23, 2012 at 03:55 AM
this is all about paying back a loyal crony , last thing Kaiman thinks about or cares about is doing the right thing for the average tax paying residents, it is all about Kaiman holding on to his job by paying people around him off, at the expense of the tax payers , so here we all have to pay for this pool because Kaiman is paying off Dwyer, a perfect Crony ,says .....AYE... AYE...AYE.... to everything and anything Kaiman puts in front of him.
NH pays tax August 23, 2012 at 04:01 AM
oooyesss isn't Kaiman hiding the books on the Clinton G Martin park ? why is He refusing to allow Nassau County audit the parks books? even after Spreme Court judge ordered him to do so ?
Nassau Taxpayer August 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Patch really needs to go back and revisit their reporting of this story in light of new information. Was Patch strung along by ToNH contacts? Seems so. A terrible disservice to readers.
Richard Maletta October 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM
It appears that they have expanded the CRIME they now are including and additional 200 homes as outline of the planned attack on local home owners was explained last night at the meeting at High School. My Kaiman also indicated that they oppose letting the people decide what they want to add to what already is among the highest taxed area in the country

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