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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
W.H. stays under tax cap
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Under the 2013-14 spending plan, the reading teacher at Chestnut Street School will expand from a part-time to a full-time position, and there will be a special-education teacher for the district’s Rising Stars Program for autistic students. And four special-education students in kindergarten and first grade who were moved to other school districts over the past two years will return to West Hempstead.

“We’re very excited about bringing these little ones back,” Hogan said. “They are our students. They are our children. They belong in our district, and we believe that we can provide a quality program here in West Hempstead.”

The budget also includes $400,000 in capital expenditures for roof repair and masonry work at West Hempstead High School. In the event that any money is left over from these projects, the surplus would be used to fund other improvement projects in the district.

“These buildings are worth a substantial amount of money,” Hogan said. “They are, in many ways, the largest investment our community members have here in West Hempstead, so we have an obligation to make sure that we maintain our facilities as we move forward.”

He added that it is hard to tell what impact the new budget will have on homeowners. Much depends on the county’s assessed evaluations and on adjusted base proportions, which allocate the total percentage of taxes among four classes — single-family homes, condominiums and apartments more than three stories high, utilities and commercial property.

“A shift of even one percent in what each of the classes pay can have a major impact,” Cunningham explained. “That won’t be decided until July or August, long after the budget vote is done.”

He projects, however, that if the proportion of the taxes that homeowners pay does not move from its current 80 percent, the new budget will increase taxes on the average homeowner by about $85 for the year.

The budget vote will take place on May 21 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the West Hempstead Middle School gymnasium.

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