Underground tanks and the Hommocks Ice Rink were the two main subjects discussed at Wednesday night’s Board meeting.
The panel unanimously passed a revision to the Town code that now requires a bond be placed with the Town for those that install underground tanks, such as oil and propane, on their property. A fire was caused by an underground tank in the Town on Memorial Day weekend in 2008.
The Board also agreed to use previously allocated funds to purchase a used ice compressor for $12,800 for the Hommocks Ice Rink; Town Manager Steve Altieri said a new compressor would cost $24,000, and the facility has a planned renovation anyway. The current compressor is leaking oil and freon.
TheLoop asked Board member David Fishman what issues he feels are important for residents to be aware of as a new legislative season begins.
The last reval was done in the 1960s and apparently, he says, some long term residents have not officially reported (via permitting) new construction, additions, new kitchens, etc.
That means people that moved here during the last 15 or so years often pay a higher rate of tax based on the purchase price of their homes and work done legally.
"This does not change the total tax burden for the town, Fishman said, "but makes sure each home is fairly valued."
The Town is now sending out Requests for Proposals to financial experts who will work on the revaluation.
Fishman says, "We do know that 1/3 of the residents of the Town are paying too much, and 1/3 are paying too little."
Town Board Agenda 9/15/2010