Huntington Town Councilman Mark Mayoka tried to introduce three budget-related resolutions Tuesday night, but the town board voted to not allow them after some members said they didn’t have enough time to review the proposals.
“I would like to have more time until the next meeting so I can consult with the comptroller and we can look at these and then we can articulate some of our individual concerns together,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said at the board meeting.
The resolutions were discussed in a heated exchange at Tuesday morning’s work session, where Petrone expressed concern about whether the resolutions had been vetted by the comptroller.
In the evening meeting, Petrone, Susan Berland and Mark Cuthbertson — all Democrats — voted against the proposed additions. Mayoka, a Republican, and Gene Cook, an Independence Party member, voted for the additions.
Mayoka said Wednesday he distributed the resolutions Friday and submitted amended proposals on Tuesday night.
“Many resolutions are provided last minute,” he said. He said he plans to reintroduce the three resolutions at the next board meeting on May 7.
The first resolution would require board members to have seven days to review bonding resolutions; Mayoka’s original resolution called for 30 days.
“They are millions of dollars and they require planning and they require a thorough review,” Mayoka said.
His second resolution would require the town to prepare two-year budget projections, as opposed to the current one-year projection. His original resolution proposed five-year projections. He said this would help the town keep its AAA bond rating and would be an “essential tool” for budget planning.
He also proposed a policy to prepare 5- to 10-year “highway equipment replacement plans.” He said much of the highway equipment needs to be replaced and some was damaged during superstorm Sandy.