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Average RVC Homeowner's Village Taxes to Increase by $207

Tax rate increase is 6.76 percent.

The Rockville Centre Village Board adopted its $40.7 million fiscal year 2013 budget on Tuesday, and the average village homeowner will pay $207 more in taxes.

The board voted 4-1 to override the two percent tax cap and 3-2 to pass the budget, with Trustees Ed Oppenheimer and Kevin Glynn voting against the fiscal plan.

Village Comptroller Mike Schussheim explained that rising pension costs and a decline in assessed home values made it nearly impossible for the village to stay within the two percent tax cap for the fiscal year 2013.

After constructing a budget with a tax rate increase of 6.97 percent, the board and department heads recently shaved another $23,000 out of the budget to get the tax rate to 6.76 percent.

"This was an extraordinarily challenging effort," said Deputy Mayor Nancy Howard. "Everyone with their hands in this did what they could to keep this as reasonable a budget as they can."

Though Glynn lauded the efforts of department heads and those involved in constructing the budget, he said a 6.76 percent increase over the current fiscal plan was too much for him to vote for. He did say that this year's approach to constructing the budget was "more civilized" than the prior board, who he said wanted to make "massive, unjustified cuts" to the fire department and senior services.

Oppenheimer said the village needed to do a better job of finding outside revenue. He added that he'd rather have the $23,000 recently cut from the budget restored because he called it, "a false token."

"We can't keep going in this direction," Oppenheimer said. "We have to find outside revenue sources or there's a distinct possibility that we have to cut services."

Trustee Mike Sepe said the board found new sources of revenue — he pointed to village deals with and the — and said those constructing the 2013 budget reviewed it line-by-line to squeeze out another $23,000.

"It's not a token number," Sepe said of the $23,000 recently shaved from the budget. "(Some say) we're nickel and diming, but they're not my nickels and dimes."

He added that the board's mission is to expand the tax base rather than increase the tax rate, which he said the village has tried to do. Sepe pointed to recent changes in the village building code that makes home renovations easier for residents, as well as the elimination of night time meter fees to spur commerce in the downtown.

"This was a Herculean effort...with a result I'm happy to support," he said.

lee April 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I think it's terrible to raise taxes, when we are all tightening our belts already. The village should learn how to tighten theirs also.
Clark April 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM
We have great fire, sanitation, public works, police services, etc. and these cost money. For an extra 18 bucks a month it is worth it. The Village tax isn't the problem, its the school tax that's out of control.
honest wade April 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The roads are falling apart, the parking lots and sidewalks look like garbage, the playground is missing a whole section of jungle gym for over a year. The is a temporary fence at the rec center kids park that looks like its for a temp crime scene. I can't push the stroller down maple ave on the sidewalk because there aren't decent curb cuts, god help the disabled.
Conrad Murray April 26, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Clark, the services are good not great, For the taxes I pay they should be outstanding. honest wade I agree. Plus God help those on a fixed income as well.
John April 26, 2012 at 03:09 PM
DITTO services are not great, roads are horrible, center of the village full of bars only, the fields are getting redone thanks to Molloy. I can tell you the Sandell centre is a huge drain on the budget. I am all for our seniors however the bus backand forth usually to pick up 1-2 people?? The drivers salary, Ins and all the employees there. Even with the grant money that centre and the MLK are out of control. A good idea to raise revenue could be to increase overnight parking tickets, Quality of life tickets(public urination ect) Unkept property violations when someones lawn is 2 feet tall. For the most part nothing will get done however, if the economy stays this way in a year or two there will notbe a Village.
John April 26, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Clark I agree with the school tax being out of control. I will tell youliving here 40 years the residents are to blame. I fought the school budget for the last eight years without success or help from the residents. The senior citizens were the onlyones to oppose it and year in and year out Dr Johnson, Bartells, Mason, and the outspoken PTA moms, OH and the northies came out in force. However the party is over now,the economy is in the toilet, houses are in forclosure and under water. I am sure Johnson will complete his sweet deal and then leave us to pay his fat retirement. I have no mortgage and laugh at the same PTA moms now cutting there coupons while Johnson and his bag of tricks eats lobster....
Frank April 26, 2012 at 04:06 PM
We need the village tax increase. With the Molloy dorms and Avalon Bay, we have more people in town that utilize RVC resources. We do need relief from School taxes; whether garnering savings through consolidation, automation, outsourcing administrative staff, or concessions on pensions and benefits. However, point some of your outrage towards Albany. We send millions of our tax dollars to NYS, who then in turn, have the audacity to cut RVC's educational funding simply because "RVC is more capable of absorbing the cost cutting measures than other towns". What a load of BS! The State funnels millions to Hempstead and Freeport with little to no return on investment. IMO, RVC can use those State dollars much more effectively. Just because we got "our act together", doesn't mean we should be penalized for it. Funny thing is we all are whining about tax increases to maintain services, but NYS hands over millions of our own tax dollars to Old Mill Court (over 33 million in five years) without batting an eye. Where is the outrage over that? Maybe we should charge NYS for all the surveillance and police enforcement we provide Old Mill Court? That alone would help recover most of our village tax dollars.
John April 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Frank, I hear you loud and clear however,if the poor districts did not get that money we would be back in the 60's again. Poor communities also have kids that need a chance to excell. Old mill court again is a problem common all the state and country. I am sorry we have been getting ripped for years by this school district. The Union contracts, pensions,and benefits are the problem it is clear as day and the residents know it. The reason the school came in below the 2% is not because they had a soft spot in there heart for us but because they new the budget would be shot down. I URGE EVERYONE TO VOTE NO TO THE BUDGET AND SEND THEM HOME WITH A O TAX INCREASE
Teddy B April 26, 2012 at 08:59 PM
@Frank I think you may be onto something here. If NYS insists on forcing Old Mill Court down our throats then perhaps they should pick up the tab for all the extra policing? It's the least they can do.
Frank April 26, 2012 at 09:55 PM
@ Teddy B. Absolutely. Maybe when Mayor Murray finishes counting blades of grass at Lister, he could draft a bill for services rendered and send it to Albany?
Teddy B May 01, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Oh Frank,there you go again. You were doing so good but then you had to ruin it with the silly comment about Mayor Murray counting blades of grass...haha. I suggest you follow my example and make an appointment to speak with Mayor Murray in person. You clearly have many concerns as I do so I went to the source. I'm glad I did.
FRANK SOLLERO May 14, 2012 at 03:10 PM
YES BUT RVC IS 22 IN COUNTRY LOL
FRANK SOLLERO May 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM
YES ROADS IN RVC ARE TERRIBLE,HEMPSTEAD HAS NICER ROADS WITH LESS POTHOLES AND CRACKS IN THE ROAD
FRANK SOLLERO May 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
CELLPHONE TICKETS,RCVPD CAN MAKE $2,000 A DAY IF THEY ACTUALLY ENFORCE IT
FRANK SOLLERO May 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM
IT STILL IS A GREAT TOWN AND I STILL FEEL SAFE WALKING AT NIGHT.THANK YOU RVC

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