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East Williston busts tax cap in approving budget
For the second straight year, the Village of East Williston passed a budget that pierces the state’s 2 percent cap on the property tax levy.
Mayor David Tanner said in an interview that a 2 percent tax levy increase equates to $37,000. But some village services sorely needed upgrades, he said.
The board passed a $2.28 million budget, up from the current $2.17 million, village treasurer Michael Delury said.
The tax levy will rise 5.6 percent, Tanner said. The tax rate, said Delury, is down 2.3 percent. Assessed property valuations rose, he said, which accounted for the reduction in the tax rate.
“You pierce that cap very easily,” Tanner said. “A small budget like ours doesn’t really get us very far.”
East Williston is home to roughly 2,500 residents, and the median household income is $151,923, according to U.S. Census Data.
Tanner said the village is mostly residential, with few businesses, and there are few plans to upend that. “Our residents want a quiet residential village, when people come home from work they want to enjoy the family life they have,” he said.
The village said it spent about $110,000 in additional expenses this year, many of which, Delury said, are not likely to recur. About $45,000 was set aside for the village’s fire department for new turnout gear, oxygen tanks and face masks. Tanner said that in previous years the fire department came in over budget by nearly $40,000.
Village officials said tree maintenance would cost $20,000 and new street lighting $10,000. “We have many more mature trees,” Tanner said.