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Asharoken budget makes residents eligible for tax rebates

Asharoken officials have proposed a $2.06 million budget for 2016-2017 that does not pierce the village’s 0.12 percent tax cap or raise residents’ taxes.

Staying under the cap makes residents eligible for tax rebates from the state next year, Mayor Greg Letica said in a March 16 letter presenting the budget.

The village must raise $1.7 million in tax revenue, according to the proposal. The tentative budget would increase total year-over-year spending by $10,219, Letica said in the letter.

The actual tax rate residents will pay is $11.69 per $100 of the assessed property value, unchanged from the current year. For example, a home assessed at $30,000 would pay $3,507 in annual property taxes.

The largest spending increase is a 3 percent contractual raise for police, which Letica said is largely offset by lower retirement costs for police and firefighters.

Total spending on law enforcement personnel would be $848,025 in 2016-2017, a $24,025 year-over-year increase.

That includes a 2 percent pay increase for part-time Officer-in-Charge Ray Mahdesian. His salary would increase $1,540 to $78,540 (not including overtime), according to the budget.

Sanitation Officer Barry Bradley, Building Inspector Doug Adil and Treasurer Emily Hayes all would receive 2 percent raises. Village Clerk Nancy Rittenhouse would receive a 4 percent raise, increasing her salary to $62,400.

“Long term, the village is in excellent financial shape,” Letica said in his letter. “Our reserve accounts are properly funded and will allow the village to make necessary infrastructure improvements, update our police fleet, maintain our village hall and properly fund police retirement costs with little to no impact on the following year’s tax rate.”

There will be a public hearing on the tentative budget on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

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