Roslyn Estates passes $1.8M budget

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Mayor Paul Leone Peters, right, takes the oath of office administered by Village Attorney Chris Prior. (Photo by John Nugent)

By John Nugent

The Village of Roslyn Estates Board of Trustees adopted a $1.8 million 2019-20 budget on Monday. New budget appropriations are 13.6 percent over the prior fiscal year, which will necessitate a tax rate increase of 2.94 percent, according to figures released by the village.

Although the final budget exceeds the state tax cap of 2 percent, the board was authorized to approve it in the absence of any objections from residents at recent public hearings on the matter, said village Clerk-Treasurer Michael Tomicich.

The new property tax rate will be $106.35 per $100 of assessed valuation. Additional total taxes of $42,000 represent an increase of 3.62 percent above the 2018-19 budget.

Expenditures for fire service, road repair, refuse collection and debt service make up approximately 41% of the budget.

At the opening of the board meeting, Mayor Paul Leone Peters and Trustees Brett Auerbach and Georgeann Polatov took the oath of office to begin their new two-year terms.

In an interview afterward, the mayor said that he would continue to focus on “keeping the village beautiful.”

“I want it always to be a very desirable place to live,” he said.

The board discussed the idea of offering a welcome packet to new homeowners in the village. Auerbach suggested presenting a small tote bag containing a few gift items to new residents as a way of showing the goodwill of the community.

A discussion about amending an easement for a new enlarged septic tank at the Colbeh Cottage restaurant was tabled pending further study of the plan.

Tomicich announced the receipt of a $10,000 fee for a subdivision of the property at 41 The Serpentine. New York state law requires that the funds, representing 1 percent of the value of the new lot, be deposited in a separate account for improving village parkland or buildings.

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