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Patchogue cancels budget meeting, votes to pierce cap

Patchogue Village Hall is shown in 2012.

Patchogue Village Hall is shown in 2012. Credit: Carl Corry

The Patchogue Village board of trustees has canceled Tuesday’s 5 p.m. budget meeting.

“We’re still getting the budget down, village treasurer Ron Krawczyk said at Monday’s board meeting. “It’s going to be another week or two before we get it to where we want it.”

The meeting has been rescheduled for April 12 at 5 p.m.

During a public hearing minutes later, the board unanimously voted to pierce the state’s mandated tax cap.

“It’s so we don’t break any laws and have problems down the road,” Krawczyk said.

The preliminary budget proposes an 8 percent increase over last year’s $12.4 million spending plan, to $13.3 million, he said.

Further details remain sketchy.

“All municipalities are struggling to stay under the cap with the costs of medical, retirement, paving streets and taking care of the community,” Mayor Paul Pontieri said.

The adopted 2015 budget increased the municipal tax levy by $148,000.

The increase added $47 to the tax bill for a home assessed at $13,000, bringing the annual bill to about $1,772.

The financial plan added an additional $75,000 for public safety.

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