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Islandia's new budget hikes taxes to 1.62%

Islandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Rd., is

Islandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Rd., is home to the village mayor's office, code enforcement, the building and highway departments and the fire marshal. (April 9, 2013) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

The Islandia Village Board unanimously approved a $2.7 million budget for next year at its Tuesday work session meeting.

The budget raises taxes by 72 percent, from 0.94 percent to 1.62 percent. The average owner of a home assessed at $40,000 will see a $22 monthly increase in taxes.

Village Mayor Allan Dorman has blamed the increase in taxes on declining revenue from tax assessments and from the loss of more than $270,000 in lucrative traffic ticket revenue to Suffolk County. Islandia used to receive a percentage of ticket fees issued on the stretch of the Long Island Expressway that is inside village boundaries because the cases were heard in Islandia’s traffic court, but the county has taken over the cases.

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The trustees also unanimously voted to pursue delinquent taxpayers.

The board will hold its last meeting of the year Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The work session scheduled for Dec. 31 was canceled.

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