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Sep 26, 2012 11:45 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Supervisor Unveils Budget: Spending Stable, Consolidations Continue

Sep 26, 2012 12:03 PM

Such limits on borrowing, Ms. Throne-Holst said, would hopefully allow the town to trim its annual borrowing from its recent $8 million to $10 million to between just $3 million and $4 million, substantially reducing debt service costs.

“This transition will present its challenges—but not only does it begin to exercise necessary control over our capital borrowing, it also prepares the town for anticipated increase in debt service costs, which will peak in 2014,” the supervisor said. “Shifting some capital costs to more appropriate operating costs will take some time but it is a better and more fiscally responsible model and we are taking a significant step forward in this 2013 Tentative Budget.”

The supervisor said that the town is committed to moving forward with the design of a project to raise Dune Road in Hampton Bays and East Quogue to alleviate chronic flooding along the barrier island thoroughfare.

In another streamlining and cost-controlling step, the supervisor said the budget proposes the creation of a new position: a central purchasing agent who will be the sole expediter of all town purchases and price quotes and will have final approval of any checks written. The supervisor said that in the past as many as 21 different individuals had purchasing authority with town accounts.

“We are a leaner town government than we were three years ago,” Ms. Throne-Holst said, “and we are a more efficient and a more effective one as well.”

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Great job by a great team
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 26, 12 2:45 PM
Mazel Mazel, lets cross our fingers and hope the spirit of cooperation continues...
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Sep 26, 12 3:46 PM
Nice Job Madam Supervisor, Now some of us are still waiting to hear what you plan on doing about this disproportionate 60 Unit Section 8 motel that just appeared in our community? ***Crickets***
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Sep 26, 12 6:42 PM
It said in the paper August 2012 - More than 100 people including Anna Throne Holst crammed into the Bridgehampton Community Center on Thursday night to, once again, air complaints about a new East Hampton Airport route that directs helicopters over homes in Noyac.
I would take helicopters over this (as Dan so eloquently put it "Disproportionate 60 unit Section 8 Motel) any day. It is to many for any one area and I would suspect it never would have materialized in Mrs. Holst's coddled Noyac.Come ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Sep 26, 12 7:27 PM
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By G (342), Southampton on Sep 27, 12 7:22 AM
Don't give praise to the board give it too the governor for having the brains to implement a tax cap. This board needs to make employees split medical, and retirement benefits. The town can not afford to have double digit contributions to the pension fund. The town also has too raise the age of retirement for workers especially police officers. The taxpayers of Suffolk are having falling wages and record public assistance according to the latest census. The town has too get tough now because they ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Sep 27, 12 7:43 AM
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A lot of town employees DO pay towards medical and retirement benefits
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Sep 27, 12 5:56 PM
Unbelievable, there are still many areas to cut at Town Hall. Land management to be exact ! Their are several aspects of that department that can be privatized and not a taxpayer burden. Yet the Supervisor chooses to raise taxes and pat herself on her back. The press needs to do some research and they will find real saving in the budget.
By Yearround Resident (23), Southampton on Sep 27, 12 2:25 PM
chief is never happy-the board did a responsible job and should be given credit
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 27, 12 2:56 PM
The major problems still remain. They raised there budget by 2 million that is ridiculous in this economy.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Sep 27, 12 5:10 PM
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Wow a 1200 page document and I can't find the new tax rate! Did the supervisor raise taxes or lower taxes does anyone know the answer.
By SHtaxwatch (4), Southampton on Sep 28, 12 5:43 PM
Still Crickets
By They call me (2826), southampton on Sep 29, 12 10:28 PM
What impact does this 1200 page tome have on my tax rate? What is the tax rate change? How many jobs are being cut? This document is hard to follow. The message from ATH says this is a structurally balanced budget which is impossible when it uses almost $1.5 million in surplus. If you look at the summary page the amount of spending is more than the revenues, so how is that structurally balanced?
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Sep 30, 12 12:02 PM
Exactly- its a deficit, you would think with both EH and SH towns budgets falsified only a few years ago that the Super would state the obvious- what is closer to reality is the town has a "structural" deficit, in that the mortgage tax receipts collected( for doing nothing) are doing well - the major driver of the deficit is the pension and health care costs- which appears to shock the super even though these costs have been growing exponentially for years. If any one doubts that the pension costs ...more
By bayarea (46), hampton bays on Sep 30, 12 5:58 PM
It is truly amazing that newsday and and the independent reported this story and stated there was no tax increase. Does anyone ever check the facts of the story? The rate went up just shy of 2% and it is not structurally balanced if you use 1.5 million in surplus. Any greenhorn accountant would know that, but I guess when you get a raise of 20,000 after 6 months on the job you do what you are told. No tax rate schedule in the budget and let's convolute it with 1200 pages. Great job!
By SHtaxwatch (4), Southampton on Oct 4, 12 12:21 PM
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