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Bellport Village's $3.7M budget to pierce state tax cap

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 at Monday night’s meeting unanimously voted to pierce the state’s cap for the 2016 budget.

Bellport is considering a $3.7 million budget, a 6.93 percent increase over its current fiscal plan, according to the preliminary budget.

The average homeowner’s tax bill would increase $105 for a home assessed at $1,400 if the plan is adopted, Mayor Ray Fell said after the meeting.

The spending would pay for highway department trucks, road paving, park improvements and security cameras, he said.

The final proposed budget will be made public March 31 and the board will vote on it April 11, Fell said.

Some board members said the increase is warranted.

“We know we need the equipment, it’s just that simple,” village trustee Mike Ferrigno said during the meeting.

Last year, the board adopted a $3.49 million budget that raised taxes by 3.4 percent.

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