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Port Jeff postpones meeting on LIPA reassessment

A LIPA plant is seen in Northport. (Oct.

A LIPA plant is seen in Northport. (Oct. 28, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

A Port Jefferson town hall meeting scheduled for Wednesday on a Long Island Power Authority power plant tax challenge that could impact the area has been postponed, according to an e-mail sent to residents.

The meeting, a response to LIPA’s efforts to seek a reduction in the amount of taxes it pays to the Town of Brookhaven for the National Grid plant in Port Jefferson, will be rescheduled for after the new year.

A reduction in tax payments could affect funds going to the Village of Port Jefferson and Port Jefferson Union Free School District.

The e-mail, sent by members of a LIPA task force created to address the issue, said the postponement follows a meeting Monday between LIPA officials and the task force. The task force consists of Port Jefferson Mayor Margot Garant, Mark Doyle, vice president of the school board, and school board chairman Dennis Kahn.

Said the e-mail: “We do not take the decision to postpone lightly as we know many in the community are anxious to find out more about the challenge presented by the tax reassessment lawsuit and the plans for securing new investment in the power plant. Our goal is to provide all residents with accurate and complete information and the Task Force has been working on just that.”

The task force, the e-mail said, has also been communicating with elected officials to gather more information on the potential effects a reassessment would have on the area.

The task force plans to release more information to the public later this week, and officials encourage community members to attend village and school board meetings to ask questions before the meeting is rescheduled.

The next school board meeting is Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Edna Louise Spear Elementary School, 500 Scraggy Hill Rd., Port Jefferson.

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