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Freeport mayor, board of trustees to take pay cut

Freeport Village Mayor Andrew Hardwick and the board of trustees voted unanimously Monday night to cut their pay under next year's tentative budget.

The vote means that Hardwick - who took a 3.9 percent raise in the mayoral salary, from $120,360 to $125,000, shortly after taking office in April - would take a $2,000 pay cut, earning $123,000.

Under the amended 2010-2011 tentative budget, annual salaries for each of the four trustees would be reduced to $23,850 from $25,000. The budget would take effect March 1 if approved.

In April, Deputy Mayor Robert T. Kennedy and trustees Carmen Piñeyro and Jorge Martinez voted to boost their salaries to $25,000 from $19,500. (Trustee William H. White, Jr. voted against the raise.)

Other amendments approved at a special meeting Monday night increased operating expenses by about $182,000, to $62.3 million. The average house, assessed at $5,745, would pay $3,151 in village property taxes.

The village board has a Feb. 1 deadline to accept or reject the proposed budget, officials have said.

A public hearing to review the budget is scheduled for Jan. 11 at Village Hall.

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