A look at Islip's 2020 budget

By RANDALL WASZYNSKI
Posted 10/24/19

2020 tentative budget shows an $18 average increase per household; does not pierce the tax cap

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A look at Islip's 2020 budget

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Although the Town of Islip’s 2020 budget draft is not presented online, it is available for view in the town clerk’s office and is considered to be available to the public. According to the clerk’s office, residents who request to view the draft cannot make copies nor take photographs of any pages within the 300-page document, and must be monitored by an applicable town employee while viewing.

The budget will be made available online on Nov. 7, two days after Election Day, the day of the public hearing, and a vote is expected to follow. The budget was officially prepared on Sept. 24.

The general fund’s tax levy, tallying to $38,997,701, is a 3.92 percent increase from last year’s tax levy, $37,525,346. The town’s budget is in compliance with the New York State tax cap, according to a representative who relayed information from comptroller Joe Ludwig.

“The general fund tax levy is only a portion of the overall cap calculation. So even though the general fund exceeds 2 percent, the overall town’s budget is in compliance with the state tax cap,” they explained.

The tax increase for the three major funds is approximately $18.50, which equates to approximately $1.54 per month.

All elected positions are proposed for a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) increase in salary, including the town councilpersons as well as the supervisor, with allocations hovering at just over a 2 percent increase from 2019.

The town attorney’s salary also increased by just over 6 percent, equating to just under an $8,000 jump. Also, the two parking meter officers, with a combined 2019 salary of $90,600, is set to see a unionized contractual increase of 13.7 percent, increasing to $103,000. Revenues derived from parking meters are also anticipated to increase $25,000 to even out at a $700,000 annual allocation.

Revenue from MacArthur Airport is penciled in for a 10 percent increase (almost $2 million) in 2020. Total highway money is set for just over a 4 percent increase, or a $619,032 increase from 2019. Snow removal funding will remain flat.

“The 2020 budget is a fiscally responsible, tax cap-compliant budget,” supervisor Angie Carpenter said. “The town’s 2020 operating budget does not cut any services or programs, and is a status-quo, no-frills budget. The town maintains a Moody’s AAA credit rating, the highest rating a municipality can possess. The operating budget proposes a modest increase of $18.48 for the year per household for the three major funds: the general fund, the highway fund and the town outside village.”

“I would like to thank all of the commissioners and department heads for holding the line on spending, and thank all involved for their cooperation and efforts in delivering this comprehensive 2020 budget to the residents and taxpayers of our Town of Islip, and for their untiring efforts in providing the level and quality of services and support Islip taxpayers have come to expect and deserve while living and working in our great town,” she added.

The Town of Islip’s 2020 budget reflects a 3.92 percent general fund increase; however, it does not pierce the tax cap. Though it will be made available online the day of the public hearing held just prior to the vote, it is only available to viewers in-person and under supervision. 

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