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Sep 23, 2009 2:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Suffolk County wants to buy 146 acres in East Quogue

Sep 23, 2009 2:40 PM

For the county’s share, officials would most likely have to tap money in the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program, an initiative that is funded by a small percentage of county sales tax revenues, according to Mr. Schneiderman. A quarter of a penny is put into the fund for every taxable dollar spent in Suffolk County, and a third of that fund is used for acquiring open space, he said.

Mr. Schneiderman added that the property owners have agreed to demolish two uninhabitable structures on their land if an accord can be struck with Suffolk County.

Joan Hughes, the chairwoman of the East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee, said she was thrilled to learn that the county was considering preserving the land as open space. She and other civic leaders have been pushing for such an acquisition for some time.

“I think it would be great,” Ms. Hughes said. “It is something that we hoped would happen.”

In addition to protecting local water supplies, Ms. Hughes said the acquisition, if completed, will benefit the East Quogue School District. She said school officials would not have to worry about any sudden influx of students, something that could come with the construction of a new subdivision.

Ms. Hughes and East Quogue Civic Association President Al Algieri were two of the biggest supporters of the recent zoning changes that reduced the density of future construction projects in the hamlet.

“We asked the town for help in trying to control the development,” 
Ms. Hughes said. “It’s the best possible outcome,” she added, referring to 
the county’s attempt to preserve the land.

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That's good. In a time of economic crisis and the Towns being without money, let's take more land off the tax roles so everyone else has to pay more. The pizza pie is the pizza pie and the real taxpayers slice continues to get bigger. Let them develop it and pay taxes like everyone else.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Sep 24, 09 3:11 PM
Once again our elected officials are not seeing the real picture. We can not afford to buy all property that has not been developed and expect everyone to share the burdon of the lost property taxes. If we are concerned with the pine barrens for drinking water then look at changing pollution issues. Whats wrong with a golf course? They provide taxs for all, you can regulate the use of organic fertilizers. We need to balance the books, not keep going the same direction by getting deeper into ...more
By trurepublician (53), hampton bays on Sep 26, 09 10:59 PM
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