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In photo, l£x-£hief Kevin Monow, Babylon B re Department, hands oyer the keys for the Babylon Fire Departments chiefs ear to the new Chief Anthony M. CardaU who 50 CENTS VOL. 44 NO. 20 THURSDAY, May 2 0 ,2 0 1 0 Babylon Village budget goes down but revenue losses force tax rate up West Babylon Junior High School announced that sixth grade student Amanda Beck was honored by several local organizations for her science fair project titled “Catching Rays.” Beck’s work was chosen to represent the school at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Elementary Science Fair where she went home with a ribbon. It was also part of the Town o f Babylon and Covanta Energy’s EcoTech Scholarship Science Fair where she earned honorable mention and was awarded a $ 100 scholarship. Pictured, left to right are Principal Payne, Amanda Beck and science teacher, Mrs. Sullivan. Legislator Gregory A n n ounces 15 th D istrict Youth Caucus Youths in grades 7-12 who live in the 15th Legislative District are being asked to consider joining the newly formed Youth Caucus, established by S.C. Leg. DuWyane Gregory. Applications can be picked up at schools and public libraries in thé district, and at Gregory’s office, 15 Albany Ave., Amityville. Applications must be submitted by June 3, to be considered. “Far too often, as elected officials, we tend to focus only on the concerns of the adult community and that is why I am attempting to reach out to our diverse and talented youth population” said Gregory. The youth caucus will meet monthly to discuss issues concerning their peers and work towards organizing a 2011 Youth Summit The 15th District includes Wheatley Heights, Wyan- danch, North Amityville, parts o f Amityville Village, Co- piague, North Lindenhurst, West Babylon, North Baby­ lon, and the portion of Farmingdale that lies in Suffolk County. For information, call 631-854-1111. Corrections: •A front page story in last week’s edition incorrectly stated the n umber o f seats open on the Babylon School Board. The correct information was included in the budget roundups o n page 7C. We apologize for the error. •On Page 2, the date for the Nathaniel Conklin Awards ceremony was incorrect, the date is July 2. by Carolyn James Babylon Village adopted its new budget for the coming year, which reduces spending from $7.9 million to $7.6 million. Reduced revenues from permits and fees, and interest results in the Village being forced to pass along a tax-rate increase o f 44-cents, despite the leaner spending package. The tax rate will go from $11.61 to $12.05. Translated into total tax dollars, the increase would add approximately $22 a year on the tax bill o f residents in a home assessed at $5,000. “Like every other municipality, Babylon Village has seen a dramatic drop in its revenue from building permits and fees, mortgage taxes, and interest while at the same time having to absorb increases for things like the MTA tax and unemployment insurance,” said Lindy Village Board to by Lena Pennino There could be more cabs at the train station and buzzing through Lindenhurst Village, if the Village Board grants an application for a new cab company to operate there. The Board is expected to make a decision at this week’s meeting. Currently, the LI Yellow Cab is the only taxi company licensed to operate in the Village of Lindenhurst, headquartered at the Lindenhurst Train Station. Annually, they purchase 30 licenses from the Village, butuseonlyl5ofthem . This year, a new cab company to the area - the LI Checkered Cab - has applied for Mayor Ralph Scordino. “We have done everything we could to hold the line on spending and reduce the impact of these revenue losses on residents, but the reality is that we would have to reduce services to make up for them, which we did not want to do. This modest increase will enable to Village to keep all of its employees and continue to provide the kind of services our residents have come to expect.” The Village anticipates that ft will collect approximately $500,000 less or $2.7 million in revenue this year from sources other than taxes, a significant drop from last year’s figure of $3.2 million. Helping to offset at least a small part of those losses is a slight increase in assessments, which went from $40.69 million to $40.74 million. Increased assessments help reduce tax rates while lower assessments drive, them up. The budget goes from June 1,2010 to May 31,2011. vote on new taxi request the unused 15 licenses. A crowd from LI Yellow Cab rallied at a recent board meeting to support their cab company, fearful that a new company would cut into their business in an already tough economy. They also said addingmore cabs on the road would hurt the community: causing traffic congestion, becoming an eye sore and bringing an unfriendly atmosphere to the train station. “If I have five drivers at the rail, they are all friends. They’re not all saying, ‘Come with me, come with me,”’ (Continued on page 8) THE SOUTH SHORE L.I'S LARGEST CIRCULATION WEEKLY NEWSPAPEF S ervin g th e co m m u n ity sin c e 196 P rin t e d on r e c y c l e d pa p e r W e b s i t e : www . ba b y l o n b e a c o n . com E-MAIL ADDRESS: ACJNEWS@RCN.COM O F F IC IA L N E W S P A P E R BABYLON PUBLIC LIBR a r / I The uaujr Periodicals Postage Paid- Babylon Post Office, Babylon NY 11702 (USPS 03960-8000) FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY •TOW N OF BABYLON • VILLAGE OF BABYLON -. •BABYISM c o t - •WEST ISLIP .COPIAGU e I ... 1 ., A-. 1 nwo north baby ! £0ti£\£0ZU AN N01A8V8 3 AV TRWO S VL A H v a a n N o i x a v a sooO w i.cn iy-yvow « w w w Inside this week: • Around Town . . . Page 2 • Obituaries ... Page 9C See Inside for >oi and Sports news published ever • 65 D< Notices: Your Right to Know: . 6,7, 8C, 9C& IOC deacon is the hometown newspaper o f Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chapin o f North Babylon

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