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Bellport Village to adopt tax cap resolution

South Country Road looking east in Bellport Village

South Country Road looking east in Bellport Village on July 27, 2011. The road features the village's main shopping district. Credit: Carl Corry

The Bellport Village board plans to adopt a resolution tonight allowing the panel to pierce the state tax cap, Mayor Raymond Fell said.

Village officials expect to adopt a 2014-15 budget in April that will raise taxes more than 2 percent, Fell said in an interview. He said he could not estimate how much taxes would go up next year.

“Where it will come in, I don’t know, but it will not come in under 2 percent,” he said.

State law limits tax levy increases to 2 percent, excluding expenses such as pension payments and legal settlements.

The village budget, currently about $4.5 million, is expected to go up next year due to increased payroll costs and capital improvements, Fell said. About 12 unionized village employees are due a 2.25 percent raise next year, he said.

The village also plans to paint Village Hall and install a new roof at the community center, Fell said.

The village also must make a $28,000 payment next year on a Highway Department truck leased for $145,000, he said.

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