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North and Central Merrick Community Association Takes on Tax Discussion

Friday, May 20th, 2011

You can consolidate credit cards, student loans or even thoughts and ideas, so why not consolidate special taxing districts?

This is the question many North and Central Merrick residents asked and formed a discussion about it at the North Merrick and Central Community Association meeting at the North Merrick Library on Thursday.

The meeting featured a presentation by RESD (short for Residents for Efficient Special Districts) member Laura Mallay and information from Serena Alfieri, the Long Island Progressive Coalition’s Government Efficiency Project Coordinator.  

A special taxing district is a local unit of government that provides a single service such as sanitation, water provision and fire services, according to the Long Island Progressive Coalition. There are an estimated 300 of such districts in Nassau County.  

“One of the thing Special Taxing Districts will tell you is that they represent local control, but on average 1 to 3 percent of eligible voters in the districts tend to vote,” Mallay said. “There are special taxing district elections every month of the year except for one and really, most residents are unaware of what special taxing districts elections even are.”

There are 213 special taxing districts with the power to raise taxes on Nassau County homeowners with no limits. RESD’s solution to making the districts less corrupt and more efficient are:

  • Consolidate special taxing districts where appropriate
  • Create budget oversight and review guidelines
  • Require public disclosure of budgets
  • Have unified Election Days for special taxing districts
  • Make special taxing district commissioners volunteers

“For the most part, Long Island was farmland more than 100 years ago and as the communities developed, residents needed to provide services so these special districts were formed and they provided what we needed,” Mallay explained. “As we’ve maxed out and there’s no room for growth, there is no additional tax base coming into these special taxing districts and it was really, just, overwhelming.”

Mallay also suggested that residents work together to lower their property taxes by joining RESD, writing the local elected officials, or writing a letter to the editor of the local paper, but most importantly to vote in the Special Taxing District elections.

“We have four elementary school districts — North Bellmore, Bellmore, North Merrick and Merrick — and all get sent to one central high school district, the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District,” explained Claudia Borecky, president of the North and Central Merrick Community Association.  “People have talked about consolidating to maybe just a Merrick, maybe just a Bellmore.”

Mally said the Merrick school district consolidation issue tends to come up quite a bit at other area meetings she has attended and stressed, “we work with individuals that come to us with issues, we help to educate, we help to notify [the public]. Everybody should be voting, everybody should be participating, it should not be special interest running the show.”

March 26: Long Island Community Events- LIPC Annual Luncheon

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Saturday March 26th 2011, from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Timber Point Country Club in Great River
Great River Road, Great River, NY 11739

COST: Tickets are $75 each or two for $125

The Long Island Progressive Coalition, the local affiliate of Citizen Action New York.
Is celebrating their 32nd Anniversary at their Annual Luncheon. Honorees include: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Congressmember Timothy Bishop with the Paul Gutierrez Award for Contributions to Human Dignity. The Bill Pickering Labor Leader Award will be going to Timothy Lynch of Teamsters Local 1205. The award for Environmental Vision in Sustainable Development is going to Elisabeth Fiteni from the Sustainability Institute of Molloy College. Long Islanders who have made a difference include: Florence Capers from the Wyandanch Education Committee, Town of Huntington Councilmember Glenda Jackson, Laura Mallay from Residents for Efficient Special Districts and Luis Valenzuela from the Long Island Immigrant Alliance. Jan Hickman will be honored as LIPC volunteer of the Year.

The Long Island Progressive Coalition is a 32-year old organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, creating effective democracy, enhancing human dignity, and achieving economic, social justice and racial justice.
http://lipc.org/

Progressive Coalition to celebrate honorees

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The Long Island Progressive Coalition, the local affiliate of Citizen Action, is celebrating their 32nd Anniversary at their annual luncheon on Saturday March 26th 2011. The celebratory luncheon will take place at the Timber Point Country Club in Great River, tickets are $75 each. For more information call 516-541-1006×10 or go to www.lipc.org.

Honorees include: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Congressmember Timothy Bishop with the Paul Gutierrez Award for Contributions to Human Dignity. The Bill Pickering Labor Leader Award will be going to Timothy Lynch of Teamsters Local 1205. The award for Environmental Vision in Sustainable Development is going to Elisabeth Fiteni from the Sustainability Institute of Molloy College. Those being honored as Long Islanders who have made a difference include Florence Capers from the Wyandanch Education Committee, Town of Huntington Councilmember Glenda Jackson, Laura Mallay from Residents for Efficient Special Districts and Luis Valenzuela from the Long Island Immigrant Alliance. Jan Hickman will be honored as LIPC volunteer of the Year.

The Long Island Progressive Coalition is a 32-year old organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, creating effective democracy, enhancing human dignity, and achieving economic, social justice and racial justice.