A cross-section of Town of Huntington officials are calling on residents to help them take their case to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo when it comes to the reorganization of the Long Island Power Authority.
They want residents to call, email and sign a petition insisting that language ending the assessment challenge on the Northport power plant be part of the pending legislation restructuring LIPA.
"With less than two weeks left in the current legislative session, it is important that town residents act now and tell their representatives in Albany that they must stop, once and for all, the prospect of the devastating tax increases LIPA seeks," said Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, who is pushing the idea with town board member Mark Cuthbertson.
Representatives from the town board, Northport Village Board, Asharoken Village Board, Northport-East Northport school district, Northport-East Northport Public Library and Northport Chamber of Commerce joined Petrone and Cuthbertson in making the announcement in the shadow of the Northport LIPA plant.
LIPA filed an assessment challenge in 2010, seeking to have the plant's assessment reduced by 90 percent. LIPA is seeking more than $270 million in tax refunds from the town, and if successful the town property tax would increase by more than 15 percent and school district taxes would increase by almost 60 percent, town officials said. Library and Suffolk County property taxes would also increase, town officials said.
"Public support is essential," Cuthbertson said.
For more information on joining the campaign against the assessment, go to the town's website, huntington ny.gov.