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Proposed $133M budget for North Hempstead includes no service cuts or layoffs

North Hempstead has proposed a $133.3 million budget

North Hempstead has proposed a $133.3 million budget for 2019. Credit: Newsday / William Perlman

North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth has proposed a $133.3 million town budget for 2019 that is a 2.9  increase over the current spending plan but includes no service cuts or layoffs. 

The budget would allocate $68.6 million to the town's general fund, $37 million to the town outside village fund and $27.7 million for the town's 20 special districts. The town approved $66.9 million, $36.4 million and $26 million, respectively, for the 2018 budget.

For 2019, Bosworth wants to increase the general fund tax by 2.16 percent and boost the outside village fund by 3.18 percent. She said the proposed budget stays below the state-mandated tax cap of 2 percent. 

Bosworth submitted the tentative budget during a Sept. 27 town council meeting and said department leaders have kept spending low.

"The new budget continues to hold the line on spending, and I commend our commissioners for working with our dedicated finance team to make this budget happen," Bosworth said Monday in a statement. 

The town will host three meetings about the budget: Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.; Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.; and Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Public comment will be permitted at each meeting. Bosworth said budget specifics could change between each meeting, "although I would imagine fundamentally it will stay the same."

Bosworth is asking for an increase to the general fund to focus on enhancing town facilities, officials said. The tax increase for the town outside village fund would go to the highway department for road improvements and snow preparedness equipment, officials said.

Bosworth said her spending plan represents "conservative fiscal management" and noted that in September the town received the highest bond rating — Aaa — a municipality can get from Moody's Investors Service. 

Council members are scheduled to vote Nov. 1 on a final budget. 

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