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UPDATE: No Public Comment at Town Budget Hearing

Both at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., no residents asked to address the Town of Oyster Bay's proposed spending plan.

No members of the public asked to address Town Board at Tuesday night's hearing on its 2012 preliminary budget.

The same was true Tuesday morning, when no one addressed the board. The town's spending plan contains no tax hike.

A routine business meeting was held after the morning hearing by the town board.

The 2012 spending plan increases spending slightly over 2011 levels. Town officials say the increase in spending is offset by anticipated revenue increases.

Tuesday night, Supervisor John Venditto praised the work of comptroller Robert J. McEvoy and his staff, who oversee the town's budget process. 

'It's a never-ending job," said Venditto. "We scrutinize every single line in the budget and we find a way to make it work."

James M. October 18, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Is there a particular reason, other than most people work so therefore cannot complain about the budget, that the meeting was held at 10AM in stead of 7PM?
Joe Dowd (Editor) October 18, 2011 at 10:56 PM
There are two meetings.... I'm heading to the evening one now.
eileen A. October 19, 2011 at 07:46 AM
just an FYI- the meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. and also at 7:00 p.m. to let everyone have a chance to speak!
Rosemarie Stauber October 19, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Mr. Dowd - if you can, please report how many people were present at the morning and afternoon meetings. For example, if there were 10 or less taxpayers (those not employed by the town) - that small quantity does not say much to me. Also, for those of us in Fdale - it's a hike up to Oyster Bay. Are the Town Board mtgs ever held at Town Hall South, on Hicksville Rd in Massapequa? Maybe if the locations were varied, more people would consider attending.
Art October 19, 2011 at 12:34 PM
even worse from South Massapequa. simply will not make that 45 minute drive...
Franken Harpo October 19, 2011 at 06:30 PM
My wife and I will take the trip once a month. We go up there for an early dinner and then walk over to the 7 p.m. meeting. It is great.
Rosemarie Stauber October 20, 2011 at 07:28 AM
So, when you attend the monthly town meeting, have you ever spoken when comments are open to the public? Since town fees are going to be raised instead of our taxes - did you speak out your opinion on this? Or - did you tell our town govt that they needed to make do with less, like their taxpayers are doing?

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