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Town to Adopt 2013 Budget Thursday

9 a.m. meeting in Town Hall.

The Huntington Town Board is holding a special meeting on Thursday at 9 a.m. in Town Hall to adopt Supervisor Frank Petrone's proposed 2013 budget.

Included within the $181.7 million budget are provisions for increases in parking and waste management fees and HART bus fare, as well as salary raises for town board members. Layoffs are also being considered.

During a public hearing in October, residents reacted strongly against the – from $50 a year to $600 a year – for a guaranteed parking space in the town-owned parking garage at the Huntington LIRR station, particularly in the light of proposed salary increases for town board members.

Councilmen Mark Mayoka and Gene Cook also opposed the fee increases and $8 million in additional spending. They re-formed the Budget Task Force and proposed a 10 percent pay cut for all town board members.

Petrone said his budget strives to maintain programs and services with marginal increases in spending and taxes, although "difficult choices" had to be made because cost saving opportunities such as blue collar attrition, cutting non-personnel related costs, and implementing salary freezes are no longer viable options.

There will be no public session at Thursday's meeting. The board will consider input from public hearings and the commuter parking fee increase surveys sent in October as they weigh possible changes in the 2013 budget, said Town Spokesperson AJ Carter.

See the full meeting agenda attached as a PDF to this article.

Lin November 15, 2012 at 01:05 AM
In our current fiscal climate how can you, Mr. Petrone (et.al.) award yourselves salary increases while, at the same time, passing additional costs on the the residents of the town of huntington as well as considering lay-offs?! Here's a cost-cutting idea...don't give yourself a raise!
Jonathan Dees November 15, 2012 at 02:24 AM
$600 parking fee, no takers, overcrowding all other lots, here we come!
Ranger Sewer November 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM
How about charging the parents of each child who parents DO NOT PAY PROPERTY TAXES to the TOWN DIRECTLY, a FEE to attend school and STOP MAKING OTHERS PAY?
Jim November 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM
If a person is renting a house or apartment, the OWNER of that residence or apartment complex is paying taxes to the town. They are paying for any child(ren) to go to school. They would pass that down to the renter as part of the rent they are charging. Do you really have any idea how ANYTHING other than a septic system works? You can't be too bright - after all, you named a company Ranger Sewer in a place that doesn't have sewers but does have cesspools. Get off these boards and spend more time where you belong - down with the sludge and crap!
2 Turn Tables January 05, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Since you seem to have an inferiority complex Jim, I will break it down for you in simpler terms. I will make a bold prediction and assert that... there are 4 families living in 2 family dwellings in HS. There may be 2 families in a 1 family dwelling. There may be 3 families living in 2 family dwellings. All sending kids to HUFSD. Now, simple math. If a 2 family dwelling is being taxed congruently, but that dwelling has 4 families, sending 12 kids to HUFSD, there is a short fall. Ranger Sewer is spot on. You are an abusive dolt. PS - I have no clue where that vitriolic attack came from, but I think it was uncalled for.

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