The Islip Town Board has unanimously approved a tentative $124,489,767 budget for 2014 that proposes a zero tax increase and restores services and programs that had been cut this year due to budget constraints.
The average homeowner with a house at an assessed value of $400,000, would pay $441 in taxes, the same rate as in 2013. The budget, which the board accepted and approved at its September 24 board meeting, restores bay constable and marina security programs. It also includes proposals to consolidate municipal space and surplus lands.
According to a town press statement the budget proposal includes provides for strengthening code enforcement efforts and crackdowns on illegal multi-family landlords, parking scofflaws, residential quality of life violators, and general violations of town code.
“The board members worked side by side throughout the year in a concentrated effort to make every dollar count in 2014,” stated board member Anthony Senft. “We are constantly trying to identify new ways to save taxpayer dollars, such as entering into public/private partnerships, which proved very successful in 2013.”
The final 2014 budget will be voted on at a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, November 7, 10:30 a.m., at town hall.