Villages Approve New Budgets

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Library-BOTApril is here and that means that the villages in the Roslyn area have all debated and approved their 2015-16 budgets.

The Village of East Hills has the largest population of all the local villages. Its new budget comes to $12,173,723. The village has set aside $1,931,491 in surplus funds needed to balance the budget.

As with East Hills, the other three villages in the Roslyn area all approved belt-tightening budgets, no different than what they have been doing all throughout the years, in good times and lean times.

The Village of Roslyn’s budget calls for $4,659,296 in spending. Estimated revenue other than real estate property taxes amounts to $1,271,345. The budget is being balanced without a tax rate increase for village residents.

The Village of Roslyn Harbor’s budget comes to $959,367. Revenues raised from real property taxes is $611,255, while $348,112 will come from other forms of revenue. As always, the budget remains balanced and the tax levy is well within the 2 percent state mandate. This allows the village to qualify for the state’s tax freeze credits.

Meanwhile, the Village of Roslyn Estate’s board of trustees approved a budget that comes to $1,464,172 in spending. A village spokesman said the tax levy will remain the same as last year with the tax rate being lowered to around 2.1 percent. After real estate taxes, Roslyn Estates will balance the budget with revenues from, among other sources, permits, sewer assessments and highway aid.

As usual, spending items focused on streets and maintenance, including snow removal, which is contingent on the always-unpredictable winters. Fire services and sanitation also take their usual bulk of the budget, but overall, taxing and spending remains firmly under control of all the Roslyn area villages.

 

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

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