The Village of Lindenhurst on Tuesday approved a new $12 million budget.
The village board unanimously approved the budget, which will go into effect March 1. The budget increased by $281,115 from last year's budget. The total tax levy will increase 2 percent, from $6.5 million to $6.6 million, and taxes for an average home assessed at $4,400 will rise 1.4 percent, or $10.12. The sanitation costs for a single-family house remains the same at $202.
At the meeting, the board also approved spending more than $177,000 for a new garbage compactor. The money will come out of $900,000 in bonding that was approved in July. Of that amount, $700,000 is dedicated toward department of public works equipment, and $200,000 is intended for vehicles for other departments such as building and code enforcement, said village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane.
Cullinane said compactors have a shelf life of about five years and the village's seven compactors are 10 years old or older. "A number of them are starting to show their age," he said. He said the village will buy another compactor after March and is looking to purchase a dump truck and possibly snowplow equipment with the remainder of the bond fund.