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Bellport Village's $3.77M budget won't increase taxes

Bellport Village Hall is shown on June 10,

Bellport Village Hall is shown on June 10, 2013. Credit: Brittany Wait

The Bellport Village Board of Trustees has unanimously adopted a $3.77 million budget that won’t increase taxes for homeowners.

The spending plan will pay to open Ho-hum Beach seven days a week instead of six. It will also pay for lifeguards and a seventh day of ferry service, village officials said.

Village officials are mulling whether to purchase a new truck.

Board members adopted the budget in a 5-0 vote last week.

“I think it’s a very good budget,” Mayor Ray Fell said in a Tuesday interview. “We’ll provide for services; we’re not eliminating any services. The village will be kept in the same position as past years with no tax increase.”

Fell said the village saved $75,000 in the budget by paying off a 2002 bond renovation at the village golf course, and $25,000 by eliminating credit card processing fees.

Village officials, too, reassessed assets for the first time in a decade, lowering insurance premiums for buildings at the beach and golf course.

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