The Brookhaven Town Board plans to vote Thursday on a $281.8 million 2017 budget that would include a slight tax increase.

The spending plan, if adopted without amendments, would raise taxes on the average home assessed at $2,750 by about $4.72, or 0.44 percent, town officials have said.
Town board members heard only praise for the budget proposal last week during a public hearing at Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville.

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Several Yaphank residents thanked officials for allocating $4.5 million in the proposed budget for a plan to dredge Lower Lake in Yaphank. Also known as Lily Lake, it has been choked by invasive species that would be removed by the dredging, officials have said.

“This has been a major effort in our community,” said Linda Petersen, president of the Yaphank Taxpayers and Civic Association. She added dredging the lake would help restore recreational activities such as fishing and boating.

“It’s a beautiful resource and if we get rid of those invasive plants, it’s going to be a real gem in the Town of Brookhaven,” Yaphank resident David Falkner said.

Brookhaven officials have said the budget does not cut services or lay off town employees. The town will reduce the work force by 13 positions, including 10 management posts, by not filling vacant jobs.