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Quogue Village Agrees To Exceed State Tax Cap, If Necessary

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Erin McKinley   Feb 21, 2012 2:33 PM
Feb 22, 2012 11:53 AM

The Quogue Village Board approved a local law last week that will allow it, if necessary, to exceed the state’s new mandated tax cap should the need arise while hammering out the 2012-13 budget.

The board approved the law 4-0 during its last meeting, held on February 15. If necessary, the board can now pierce the 2 percent tax cap if at least three of its five members—a supermajority—approve the spending plan. Board member Kimberley Payne was not present at last week’s meeting.

The new tax cap limits how much local governments and school districts can collect in new taxes each year. Under the new rules, the tax levy, which is the total amount of property tax revenue collected, cannot 
be increased by more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower, in any given year.

According to Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius, he has been working on next year’s budget for the last few weeks and he anticipates presenting it to the board by the end of March. He said he is still unable to offer specifics at this time.

The village’s current $7.2 million budget included a 3 percent increase in spending that translated into a 3.8 percent increase in the village’s tax rate, which went from $1.81 to $1.88 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. As a result, the village’s tax levy increased about 3.9 percent from the previous fiscal year, a jump from approximately $5.9 million in 2010-11 to $6.1 million in 2011-12, according to Mr. Sartorius.

Prior to approving the legislation, board members hosted a public hearing on the ordinance. No one from the public addressed the board.

After closing the hearing, the board adopted Local Law Number 1 of 2012 that states: “It is the intent of this local law to allow the Village of Quogue to adopt a budget for the fiscal year commencing June 1, 2012 that requires a real property tax levy in excess of the ‘tax levy limit’ as defined by General Municipal Law.”

Mr. Sartorius has previously stated that the village planned to pass the law in case it needs to pierce the tax cap.

“I am pleased that the board did it,” Mr. Sartorius said this week. “I think it is the right thing to do. I think it protects the village in going over the 2 percent tax, a decision I think should be made locally.”

At the same meeting, board members agreed to push back their next regular meeting, originally scheduled for Friday, March 16, until Monday, March 19, in order to accommodate the religious needs of residents who are Orthodox Jews. Mr. Sartorius explained that an application for a Jewish religious boundary, called an eruv, will be discussed at that meeting, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

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I think this village has more cops than citizens in the winter. Cops making more than 130k for pulling over grandma after church on Sundays is unacceptable. Time for politicians to figure out they have to serve people with lower taxes not paying off their union pals. These clowns need to cut expenses not raise taxes!
By chief1 (1192), southampton on Feb 27, 12 12:14 AM
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No offense Chief1 but that should read "running Grandma off the road before pulling her over after Church On Sundays"...... Or, like last year, when Grandma called the QPD, they come in hot & kick the door down as she opens it to let them in....breaking several bones & sending her to the hospital.......And then there was the QPD sexual harassment case last summer. Nice!

And why not?
By G (190), Southampton on Feb 28, 12 7:28 AM
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