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N. Hempstead to hold budget meeting

The Town of North Hempstead is holding a public hearing Thursday night about its budget and the budgets for more than 40 special districts that operate within town boundaries.

The 7 p.m. meeting at town hall offers residents the chance to question fiscal expenditures.

The town's proposed overall 2012 budget calls for $107.2 million in spending, which is a 4.42 percent increase over the previous year, and does not anticipate layoffs. The tax levy will increase by 1.99 percent, budget documents show.

The special districts cover various areas and offer services relating to libraries, garbage, street lighting, police, fire protection, water pollution and parks. At least 17 of 44 special districts in the town are seeking levy increases of more than 2 percent, according to preliminary budget items.

Those include the Shelter Rock Library, Carle Place Garbage and Great Neck Fire Protection districts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed a law earlier this year limiting annual property taxes levied by local districts to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. That cap applies to counties, towns, independent school districts, villages, cities and special districts.

To override the cap, 60 percent of a board or commission must approve the increase.

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