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Oyster Bay's 2013 Budget Passes; Tax Levy Hike 3.8 percent

Budget package adopted 7-0; spending up only 1 percent, achieved with retirement incentives.

With the help of 91 people who chose an early-retirement incentive, the Oyster Bay Town Board has avoided layoffs and passed a 2013 budget.

The spending plan was approved 7-0 without discussion Tuesday at a meeting dominated by Hurricane Sandy conversations and a special presentation to the town's outgoing retires who took advantage of a retirement incentive package.

The $265,190,651 budget represents a 1 percent hike in spending and a 3.8 percent tax-levy increase over 2012's spending plan. Individual tax rates depend on assessments and other factors.

Supervisor John Venditto and the town's labor union are still discussing a revised labor agreement. Town officials had previously indicated they might have to lay off between 150 and 200 workers. The town now believes layoffs can be avoided.

A negotiating session was scheduled earlier this month but postponed because of the storm. A new meeting is scheduled soon.

The budget plan cut about $25 million from the original proposal. Those cuts came from discretionary spending, the 91 employees who took a retirement incentive, overtime cuts and the new state tax cap, according to Venditto.

The cost savings from the accord with the union will be on top of that, according to the supervisor.

CSEA local 881 president Robert Rauff, Jr. said previously the discussions are are centered around the unions getting an extension of their exiting contract and a guarantee that there would be no layoffs. The contract would be restructured to include cost cutting measures including possible salary adjustments, Rauff said.

The board also OK'd a provision that authorizes the town to borrow money to make immediate repairs related to the hurricane's damage. That money is expected to be reimbursed by the federal government.

Town Spokeswoman Marta Kane said there is no cost estimate related to the storm's damage yet. Some of the town's facilities, including TOBAY Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, have not been accessible yet because of the widespread damage. Those damage assessments may take several weeks.

The town's North Shore Beaches, particularly those facing Long Island Sound, also suffered significant damage.

Venditto acknowledged the difficulties of passing a budget in recent years, saying, "we're at the mercy of worldwide, nationwide and region-wide forces."

ed November 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
SO much for the lies that REPUBLICANS never raise taxes!
Real Pequan November 15, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I guess thats why the TOB workers were busy as beavers after the storm! Saving their Butts from layoffs! Okay boys we won back to the bagel store JoeJoe and get me a paper
Mike Virgintino November 15, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I am missing something: if the spending is up one percent then why are taxes going up 3.8 percent. How about finding more cuts and employing flat based budgeting that will give a break to homeowners and businesses in the town while the economy continues to sputter? I would like to know where the 2.8 percent difference will end up.
Jon, Massapequa November 15, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Especially when their nephews, sons and other cronies are earning six-figure salaries driving trucks.
Marilyn November 15, 2012 at 09:21 AM
The entire Town of Oyster Bay is going to become a ghost town. I can barely afford my town/school taxes now.....people are going to leave here in droves! Supervisor Venditto needs to leave his position. He hasn't made a good decision yet
Kate O November 15, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Next year when they are running for re-election how ever, there won't be a tax increase and they will all make sure to get the tax revolt line on the ballot. This is hypocracy at its worst.
Bruce Miles November 15, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Always comes down to two issues, paying more for the retirement packages of town workers and paying more for the health care of the same people. If the works were made to pay the same percentage as most small business employees taxes would go down.
Tom Terrific November 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I don't think anyone really wants to see people get laid off - I certainly don't - but let me ask this: Has there ever been a time, in recent memory, when a totally 'unconnected', apolitical individual just walked into TOBAY town hall with an application seeking to join either the DPW or Parks dept. and actually got a call? I seriously doubt it. And I'll go on to further say that it's THIS 'closed door' policy to everyone else; the hiring without regard to any merit whatsoever; the shutting off of employment opportunities to the majority of the town's taxpayers, that's at the base of the public resentment with TOBAY.
lookyloo November 15, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Balance the budget squarely on the backs of the tax payers...again. As much as no one wants to see anyone laid off, it is time we admit that these contracts with the high pensions and benefits are unsustainable. Real changes have to be made. The tax payers can't continue to carry the heavy burden of these packages. With the pension and beneifts, they make more than the private sector that has to support them. Not sustainable.
pequan1 November 15, 2012 at 03:58 PM
@Tom Terrific...You are absolutely correct...You have no chance unless you join certain "lodges" and raise money for the republican party.
CFried November 15, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Why does Venditto keep getting reelected? 3.8 percent increase in taxes? Seriously? It's outrageous! Keep driving people off long island.
Simba November 15, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Welcome to Greece Everyone !!! Local taxes rising, Federal taxes to rise after December 31st........sounds just like Austerity Measures to me. At least the Greeks drink better coffee, better beaches, better lifestyle, all we get is 15 days and counting without power.
Kathy & Scott November 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM
You forget that the people who can afford to stay are people who make lots of money illegally! The hard working people have to get up and move.
EdMang December 07, 2012 at 10:14 PM
The Town is almost $1billion is debt and had it's bond rating downgraded, and he's raised taxes over 60% in the last 10 years. And the republicans still vote for Venditto. How about. He busted the tax cap but gets away with it because he didn't raise taxes last year - an election year - and he won't raise taxes NEXT year but in 2014 he'll raise them again. This is the pattern. Raise taxes in a non-election year and during the election run on the "Tax Revolt" party line. Republican voters in TOBAY are THAT stupid
EdMang December 07, 2012 at 10:14 PM
and sonny-boy just got on the legislature.
Lisa Smits December 15, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I completely understand your anger over raising taxes. But once again the workers pay for the spending of the people you guys elected. The workers are going to lose their raises and give back last years raises. The workers do not all make six figure salaries. Most make 50 ton 60k. They live in the town of Oyster Bay. So now when the taxes go up, the get hit in the pocket twice. The guys making the six figure salaries are not taking the hit, we, the real workers are taking the hit. The promise of no layoffs is a crock. My wife needs to go for major surgery. It was scheduled for January. We now can not afford her lost time at work. If she has her surgery and I get laid off, we lose our home! I'm sure none of you give a damn about that!!! And to the guy who said the workers were working during the storm to save their butts from layoff, open your mouth and insert your foot! The workers busted their butts to help you people! WE worked around the clock to help while our families were alone in the dark. Yes it is our job, but you people are unreal! If we were not there to help you, you all would have been paying out your own butt to hire private companies to clean up!
Lisa Smits December 15, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Seriously! You are as ungrateful as they come! WE were doing our jobs! WE busted our butts to clean up! WE also live in the Town of Oyster Bay! If we didn't exist, on top of OUR high taxes, you would have had to get out there and do it yourself! oh wait I see, you think you don't need garbage pick up, snow removal, sanded roads, roads in general, parks, grounds keepers etc! What will you do when you see what life in our town is like without these services? 91 people retired! 91 less workers to perform these services! They are not replacing them. I will watch for your comments when the next storm hits! You'll be the guy crying because you couldn't get to work!
Lisa Smits December 15, 2012 at 06:54 AM
The truck drivers do not make six figure salaries! Only the top of the food chain earns that! Get your facts straight!!!!
Lisa Smits December 15, 2012 at 02:15 PM
BY THE WAY YOUR ARE WELCOME FOR US TOWN WORKERS CLEANING UP THE STORM MESS!
Lisa Smits December 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Seriously! You are as ungrateful as they come! WE were doing our jobs! WE busted our butts to clean up! WE also live in the Town of Oyster Bay! If we didn't exist, on top of OUR high taxes, you would have had to get out there and do it yourself! oh wait I see, you think you don't need garbage pick up, snow removal, sanded roads, roads in general, parks, grounds keepers etc! What will you do when you see what life in our town is like without these services? 91 people retired! 91 less workers to perform these services! They are not replacing them. I will watch for your comments when the next storm hits! You'll be the guy crying because you couldn't get to work! And by the way, the 3.8% tax increase is 3.8% of your town tax not 3.8% of your whole bill, really people get your facts straight!!
Lisa Smits December 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM
The tax went up 3.8% of your town tax not your whole tax. For most of us that means $38.00 PER $1000. Look at your tax bill people, your town tax will go up under $100.00 per house per year! You people make me sick!
Lisa Smits December 15, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I know for a fact that the truck driver do not make six figure incomes! Get your facts straight!!!

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