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Letter: Suffolk budget raids water fund

A stock image of a pile of money.

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I want my money back.

The Suffolk County Legislature passed the 2014 budget by taking $32.8 million from the drinking water protection program to plug shortfalls resulting from legislators' years of budget mismanagement ["Bellone's debt plan rejected," News, Nov. 5].

That money comes from a portion of the quarter-cent sales tax add-on passed by Suffolk voters in referendums. According to the county's Web page, the money is committed to ground and surface water quality improvement and land stewardship. The legislature chose to ignore the will of the people, the letter of the referendums and the spirit of the program.

Over the years, the county has chipped away at this fund. I figure that between car purchases, home improvements, dining out, etc., my quarter-cent contribution comes to about $125. I want that back. I can no longer trust our elected representatives to use the money for the purposes intended, and for which I voted. Now it's a money grab, and I want to grab my money back.

Bill Toedter, Southold

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the North Fork Environmental Council, a nonprofit advocacy group.