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Southampton Town Board's Majority Remains Mum On Budget Changes

Now back to this budget...I'm shocked that the town is trying to tax again. Maybe I should not be. They are looking to cut their operating expenses and that is good, but taxing at these difficult times is unconscionable. The economy is a mire even in Hamptons land. Everyone's properties are well worth bellow what they were we know intuitively. The tax they are levying are not based on the actual values of our properties.

In light of the fact that to cover their deficits and restructure their finances on a longer term basis they have other tools at their disposal to meet these objectives. Unfortunately, when times were good, the town accumulated a few properties that have a high value that they have not done much to produce income. I think that it makes no sense for them to sit on real estate assets that they are not very proficient at collecting a rent for. In the interest of all, it would make more sense to sell these assets than to carry them. In private hands the town would be reducing its maintainance costs ( to the extent they maintain these-another problem), able to pay down debt, improve its debt profile and consequent interest charges. Hopefully these properties in productive hands would be generating jobs and tax revenues for the town.

Its time that the town look into its own pockets before dipping into the property owners once again.

This is the type of initiative I would expect from Republicans, not some namby pamby administrative shuffle. Mr. Malone ran on a platform of financial acumen as a treasury trader and county finance administrator. It time he shows what hes got if he intends to challenge for the Supervisor's post." Nov 19, 10 1:57 AM

Yes,raising taxes during these difficult times based on the inflated prices of the last assessment is unconscionable. I hear and agree with what you say about school taxes. Unfortunately, as you say, the residents keep voting for the budgets. You and I are in the minority. I would advocate a school tax system whereby on a means basis parents of children in school would pay tuition. Those that use the schools should be more financially responsible for financing and oversight of the system. People who don't use the system, would pay a reduced rate. Other services could be taxed that way as well. Not likely to be adopted but just an idea.

The properties I speak of are the beach properties in Hampton Bays they purchased to close the clubs there. The Conscience Point Inn that the town bought because another nightclub was being operated. That place is all boarded up. The restaurant at the golf range. There is no reason to own these properties that should be up to a private entrepreneur.

The problem with the incremental tax increases is that they start to add up on top of all other expenses as you know. " Nov 19, 10 10:32 AM

I agree having a good school district adds value to the property. I was not looking so much at having open enrollment from other districts but within the SH district having parents of students have a greater stake and burden in the system that they actually are paying a bit more "out of pocket".

As part of a broader argument when people point to various services, like leaf pick up, as a luxury. Well one person's luxury is another's necessity. I use less of one and desire more of the other. Have my taxes collected accordingly as I choose a la carte. Some people don't use parks and beaches others do. Don't tax for these and instead charge more for permits for the actual users. Use a private hauler, don't pay a dump tax..etc.

The properties I don't recall the Conscience Point one being CPF. The town put a lot of money into fixing the marina but they have let the adjoining restaurant fester. There is no reason for that if they can collect a good rent or sell it and collect a tax. The HB beach properties you know more about than me. If they can't be sold as an asset, could they be leased out?

The market is bad now in relation to what it was. There is no certainty that it will ever be what it was any time soon. So how long and at what cost do you carry these assets until the market turns around? Cash in and pay down debt, reduce taxes or invest wisely. " Nov 19, 10 3:53 PM

Ruling On Lawsuit May Change The Face Of Funding Road Repairs

Good there will be more money for leaf pick up.." Nov 23, 10 4:20 PM

Despite Objections, Southampton Town Board Appoints OTB Official To Top Management Post

I think you meant an Oligarchy...The last sentence should it read: "This is a government run by schmucks. "...?" Nov 30, 10 11:42 AM

I always wondered why there was a need for five town board members when three imbeciles will suffice...Get rid of two board member positions and use the money for something else... Leaf pick up maybe." Dec 3, 10 3:01 PM

Tuckahoe Superintendent Would Rent District-Owned Home Following $95,000 Renovations

$ 95,000 renovations; $515,000.00 house; unappropriated reserve funds...Hopefully they wont come and ask taxpayers for more money to run the schools too.
Let Mr. Dyer rent from the many private homes available in the area that pay taxes to the school district. One way to make housing more affordable for the employees of the school district might be to waive taxes or a portion thereof to landlords that rent to its employees. That could be done for other municipal employees as well. No?" Dec 6, 10 12:12 PM

An Open Letter From Gregg and Mitchell Rechler

Dear Gregg and Mitchell,
Please build what you would otherwise be allowed to build.
Enjoy the holidays and be well." Dec 6, 10 12:48 PM

Morrow Has New Plans For 'Tuckahoe Main Street'

I agree with you. The village used to have three supermarkets. The IGA and Christede's are now gone. The only other choices to the Walbaum's, which is fine too, are to go to Hampton Bays and Bridgehampton. Beyond the crowding in the aisles is also the traffic situation in the Village in general too. For other reasons I wont go into, Town residents also need alternatives that are not so Village centric. " Dec 6, 10 1:27 PM

Is this the land that the Pike brothers wanted to convert cottages into small one family affordable housing a while back? If it is, the neighbors that opposed that project sure got a lot more schmutz on their faces now." Dec 6, 10 1:34 PM

Altschuler Concedes Congressional Race To Bishop

Tim bring back that job outsourcing that you only thought about..and never did anything about. " Dec 8, 10 6:05 PM

Graboski Defends Kratoville Appointment

How can there be a power grab by the Supervisor when the Republicans control the votes on the Board. Silly comment." Dec 8, 10 7:17 PM

New Southampton Town Appointee Once Sued Over Firing

Looks like the lawyers got paid. Any follow up on the return of marital bliss for the couple?" Dec 8, 10 7:41 PM

Morrow Has New Plans For 'Tuckahoe Main Street'

I'd rather have a Costco at that location...The problem with Hooters is they don't do lap dancing, yet. " Dec 8, 10 8:50 PM

Project Open Vista: Clearing For A Clear View

Hey Gramma you pick your leaves while we use the money to clear up the open vistas...Classy people." Dec 11, 10 9:34 AM

Tuckahoe School Board Sticks With Referendum Plan

If I understood correctly...in lieu of paying a full market rent Mr. Dyer's rent would be offset by the amount it would otherwise cost the district to purchase health insurance for him and his family. This is correct I presume.

I don't know the right insurance rate for this situation. I presume it would cost the district $ 2,000/month to insure Mr. Dyer and his family. If he forfeits this insurance because perhaps the family has another better health plan fine. Now it seems to me the district would be supplementing his income by this amount per month and 1099 it or something. I don't think it was included in the $155 k pay package. Can this increase his salary in such a manner without taxpayer approval? Maybe they can.

Is the option to opt out of the insurance plan available to all of the employees in the district or is a privilege being created here for one person. If the option to opt out exists are those that opt out being compensated through salary or otherwise? I doubt it. Would this be creating any legal or union problems for the district?" Dec 15, 10 2:07 PM

Two Charged In Water Mill Deer Poaching Incident

They could of come to my home too...Love to get rid of these pests...Thin out the deer population I say. They are a true hazard in our yards and especially on the roads. Surprised that the insurance industry has not used that as pretext to jack our rates.
We could organize something similar to the Polar Bear Swim for fund raising purposes. Call it the Bamby Massacre or Venison Kill each year. Hunters and residents would pay to participate. That money would be contributed to a fund supporting a worthy cause like dear castration, leaf pick up, or shots of booze to warm up the Polar Bear swimmers—bet you the cops ain’t gonna stalk those revelers when they come out of Cooper’s. Seriously any good cause would do.

Likewise the “Venison” would be surrendered to the fund as well. Or the “hunter” could keep their Deer for an extra fee so they can hang a trophy on their walls. The remaining venison could be used to supply soup kitchens in the region. Otherwise, they could be canned as organic meat products: “Hampton’s Deerest” “Fed on the finest flowers and shrubs from some of the most expensive real estate in the world.”...(Of course, we don’t mention all the chemicals we use to try to grow them before the deer have at them).
The less desirable meat could be used for pet food purposes with catchy local names like Sag Bits, Bridge Hoppers, South Kibbles...I have a target market in mind. Wink Wink. Of course the hides would be sold of ass well. Quite a local industry and jobs could develop to support a worthy cause. The biggest risk would be the same idea catching on throughout the land.
I like deer. I even don’t mind them in the yard anymore. I’m scared about the ticks and would rather they feed on my lawn rather than my shrubs and flowers. But the deer problem as far as I’m concerned is a traffic problem. I’m as concerned about a deer jumping out at my car as I am about a drunk driver,( even though the latter might be more destructive and dangerous. We are all pretty used to the deer jumping across the road. On a good day that’s when they are only a few hundred feet ahead of you. On a bad day its when they jump out right at you. Couple that with the ass-wholes that tailgate you all the time out here you can have areal tragedy too. ( Where are the cops when these tailgaters are at you.)
I’m silly maybe but well meaning animal rights advocates have to be reasonable about the problem. Its not just about saving deer, its also about saving people too
" Dec 17, 10 11:51 PM

Tuckahoe School Board Sticks With Referendum Plan

Thank you for the clarification." Dec 18, 10 8:31 AM

Two Charged In Water Mill Deer Poaching Incident

Klein and Ramirez not your typical red neck names...What does a West Virginia coal miner have to do with a red neck? Red neck are usually refers to farmers who work outdoors and got sunburns on the back of their neck." Dec 19, 10 9:47 AM

Firefighters Respond To South Main Street Fire

Out of curiosity. Does anyone know whether this qualifies as a fire or a false alarm and would it be subject to a fine?" Dec 21, 10 10:20 AM

Ponds At Southampton Village Expected To Receive Variances In January

Oh jolly good! They'll be able to shop at the new supermarket down the street. There's a selling point." Dec 29, 10 1:22 PM

County Legislature Votes To Run Buses On Sundays

Maybe we can recapture some of the money that the MTA swindles from the East End to fund this service. Mr. Levy could use the weight of Suffolk county to loosen the MTA's grip on this money." Jan 6, 11 7:58 AM

Norsic & Son Application To Expand Business Remains Stalled

Lease them the NS Landfill and have them run that so that money saved can be used for leaf pick-up. " Jan 6, 11 9:58 AM

Southampton Town Leaf Pickup Program Grinds To Halt Following Snowstorm

How much does it cost overall just to pick up the leaves throughout the town? How much does it cost per household? How much is a contractor charge to pick up the leaves in front of your house and take them to the dump? Is it free for contractors to dump leaves at the dump like it is for residents? If the town stops picking up the leaves wont there be more illegal dumping? Wont people just blow leaves on the road and wont that result in more dangerous roads? Help me figure it out please." Jan 8, 11 11:34 AM

I don't think the rebate on the taxes will be that much in relation to what it would cost to use a private carter. For many residents it is going to be a big additional financial burden. I have yet to see them provide a breakdown of the numbers and even less of the per household costs. Next year Mr. Gregor is trying to make residents bag their leaves. That is just an underhanded way to have the residents pay for leaf pick up and just burden them more in their leaf cleaning. Why not be honest with residents and open up the numbers. Then let them decide if they want the town to pick them up or the private carter." Jan 8, 11 11:47 AM

Three leaf cleanings. Sounds to me your getting screwed by your landscaper. If you hire him to do it once he has to take it to the dump. You might consider small claims court to recover your money." Jan 8, 11 8:44 PM

The town has always provided this service to the residents under the the responsibility of the highway and waste management department where they fit best: Highway safety from dead and decaying leaves that they would have to clear the roads of anyway and waste management as yard waste if you will. It has never been a free service but has been taxed under the highway taxes we pay. To remove the service would represent a tax increase to taxpayers. As the number of houses has grown, the corresponding tax base to maintain the service should have grown accordingly. If it did not then that is due to mismanagement and political shenanigans.
If an adjustment in taxes has to be made to revalue the cost of the service then the taxpayers/residents/voters should be given the true cost of the service on a per household basis.The town needs to be more transparent with respect to this cost. I bet most would vote for continuation by the town as opposed to private carting. Let the voters decide in a referendum what they would prefer.

The example above of the guy who is paying his landscaper three times for the same job is another problem residents will face which is price gouging by unscrupulous carters and an opaque pricing for the service. Also most residents do not own a pick up truck to take their leaves to the dump. To do so in any other type of vehicle would dangerous and hilarious.

The town has not way to determine whose leaves are on the road or not. They are not bar-coded nor DNA stamped.

I myself have no trees on my property usually spend two days in the fall collecting about 400 cubic feet of leaves that have fallen from my neighbors trees. Is it fair that I should pay for that? Should I blow their leaves back onto their properties? Another neighbor cut virtually all their trees down last week from their property. It was cheaper to do so than collect leaves every fall and pay to cart them. They are an elderly couple on fixed income.

If everyone in town starts cutting their trees down what going to happen to the wildlife. Its stressed enough as it is. Look at our deer problem. Whats next squirrels and birds nesting in our homes? Further whats the point of having all this CPF business on one hand while on the other people will be cutting down their trees to avoid paying for their leave carting. What the heck lets pay for leaf pick up from CPF. The two are consistent in that respect. Some in town government espouse all these nouveaux green concepts..carbon footprints, solar heated swimming pools, etc. Well here's a simple one "Save our Trees, Pick Up the Leaves..

Well I've got snow to shovel now.." Jan 9, 11 2:41 PM

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