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Amityville faces cuts due to shortfall

Amityville could face a $1.75-million budget shortfall next year, Mayor Peter Imbert told village trustees at a work session Monday night, making spending cuts almost inevitable.

“This is the worst budget we’ve ever seen,” he said. “We’re going to have to make cuts. Everything is on the table.” In a phone interview later, he said layoffs are possible.

The village faces lost income from mortgage taxes, building permits and interest at a time when its pension obligations and health care costs are increasing, Imbert said, “and this is before we look at our contractual obligations to our unions.”

Amityville spent $17.4 million for the fiscal year that ended May 2010, about a third on its police force. Much of the police spending is contractually obligated and thus not eligible for cuts.

Imbert mentioned such possibilities as shutting down the village beach or charging beach fees and axing funds for a new fire department vehicle or for the department’s annual new officer installation party.

A public hearing on the tentative budget will be held April 11 at 8 p.m. in Village Hall.

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