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Brookhaven seeks $2.7M in parking violation crackdown

Brookhaven Town Hall is located at 1 Independence

Brookhaven Town Hall is located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville. The town is offering free drug testing kits to concerned parents. (Aug. 17, 2008) Credit: Newsday File / Bill Davis

Brookhaven Town is cracking down on parking violators.

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine is expected to introduce legislation at Tuesday's town board meeting to help cash-strapped Brookhaven recoup some of the $2.7 million it is owed in outstanding parking fines dating to 2005.

Between April 15 and June 1, the municipality will offer an amnesty in which violators can pay 40 percent less than what their tickets call for, bringing a projected $300,000 in that time span. The town will pursue those who don't come forward during the grace period, said town attorney Annette Eaderesto.

"We are going to aggressively go after people who owe us money," Romaine said last week. "In the short run, this is an infusion of money and it gets people in compliance."

Town officials suggest that violators should address their violations.

"This is an opportunity to get this off the plate," Romaine said. "This is money coming in and it makes sense financially."

Romaine said he will have a more comprehensive plan on collecting the remaining violation fees next month. The fines will help alleviate some of the town's financial stress. Fire and handicapped zone fines are $250 each; all others are $75.

Brookhaven spending is expected to outweigh revenue by $28 million in the next three years, further depleting low reserves and putting the town bond and credit rating at risk, town officials warn.

The municipality, which passed a $247 million budget, is expected to spend roughly $7 million more than it takes in this year, $5.6 million next year and $15.6 million in 2015 -- when debt service from past borrowing increases, according to financial projections.

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