It didn’t get a lot of attention, but the Greenport Village budget will reduce the tax rate in the village for the fourth consecutive year.
The Village Board unanimously adopted the budget without comment last Thursday night.
The vote followed an April 10 public hearing on the budget at which nobody spoke.
The amount of taxes to be raised in the 2018-19 budget is $989,100, the same as in the current year. A slightly higher assessed value village-wide is what caused the tax rate to drop by a half-percent, according to Mayor George Hubbard Jr.
For someone with property assessed at $4,500, which equates to a market value of about $416,000, the decrease amounts to about $5.
“It’s pretty much status quo,” the mayor said of the budget last month.
Overall spending in the village rose by 7/10ths of a percent, from $10,167,708 to $10,242,882, but most of that is electric, water and sewer fund expenses that are funded mostly by ratepayer fees and not taxes.
The East End Tourism Alliance is hoping to get the five East End towns on board in support of the establishment of a “tourism marketing district,” in which a fee would be added to the price of each occupied hotel room. Unlike the existing 3 percent hotel/motel tax, all of the money would stay local for use in tourism promotion and marketing on the East End. (more…)
With summer approaching, Riverhead Town’s Helicopter Noise Task Force is gearing up for another battle over helicopter noise. Task force members met last Thursday with the Town Board and leaders of a similar group in Southold Town to plot strategy. READ
Mattituck Fire Department volunteers, along with Southold Police and a gas station attendant with a fire extinguisher, made quick work of a car fire in – of all places – a gas station Friday afternoon.
The Greenport Village budget will reduce the tax rate in the village for the fourth consecutive year, if adopted as is, according to Mayor George Hubbard Jr. READ
A Plainview law firm whose principals also own Sparkling Pointe Winery and Vineyard in Southold has been charged by the U.S. Attorney’s office with overbilling Fannie Mae for “millions of dollars” in foreclosure expenses since 2009. READ
Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery, which was co-winner of the New York Wine & Food Classic’s “Winery of the Year” award in 2017, is planning to open a tasting room in Greenport. (more…)
Greenport resident Chris North is running for office.
The 23-year-old, who served as the student member of Suffolk Community College’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and 2017, announced last week that he plans to run for state Assembly in the second district on the Democratic line in November. (more…)
Residents and officials discussed the pros and cons of reducing the speed limit in Greenport Village from 30 mph to 25 mph at a public hearing last Thursday night before the Village Board.
And while Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley didn’t support the idea, feedback from some speakers convinced him to take a second look at speeding issues in the village. READ