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Lindenhurst reluctantly approves 8.2 percent tax increase

A look at Village Hall, where the board

A look at Village Hall, where the board of trustees, planning board and zoning board of appeals meet. Lindenhurst is New York State's fourth-largest village with more than 28,000 residents. (June 7, 2011) Photo Credit: Alexi Knock

The Village of Lindenhurst Tuesday night passed its proposed budget that includes an 8.2 percent tax increase.

Board member Michael Lavorata, who was appointed deputy mayor during the meeting, said that while “no one wants to do this,” the tax increase was necessary “to maintain the services” that the village provides.

Officials blamed the increase on a 1 percent drop in assessed value, which clerk-treasurer Shawn Cullinane said was partly related to damage from Sandy and partly due to an increase in the costs of settling tax certiorari cases.

The budget climbed 5.5 percent from last year, increasing to $11.8 million from $11.2 million. The total tax levy would increase to $6.5 million from nearly $6 million. For residents whose homes are assessed at an average of $4,500, taxes would rise $60.75

Also during the meeting, former assessor and zoning board of appeals member Darrel Kost was appointed trustee, replacing Kevin McCaffrey, who was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature. McCaffrey had also served as deputy mayor.

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