2016-02-18 / Front Page

Hearing tomorrow night in Babylon Village on tax cap

Feb. 22:  The Babylon Village Board will be holding several public hearings tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The hearings take place in the Village boardroom, first floor, 153 W. Main St., Babylon.

One proposal is to amend the current code to require that landscapers licensed and working in the Village sweep off fertilizers and other lawn treatment substances from the driveways, sidewalks and curbs of their customers and that they not be swept or blown into the street.

“These fertilizers and pesticides contain nitrogen and other chemicals that if left on the streets and roads will get into the drains and eventually contaminate the Great South Bay,” said Mayor Ralph Scordino in explaining the legislative intent of the proposal. Babylon has one of the most comprehensive drainage programs to filter and limit rainwater run off before it gets into the Bay and has received awards for its work in that area.

Other local measures are:

•Local Law #1 is to permit the Village Board to override the New York State Tax Cap, if necessary, for the fiscal year beginning June 2016. The board is preparing next year’s budget and expects to have a draft next month and a vote on the new spending plan in April.

•Local Law #2 and would require that residents who store the boats at their homes leave at least a ten-foot clearance on at least one side of the home and ensure that the boat is not placed in or encroaching

•The final measure sets down regulations adding hoverboards to the prohibited uses along Village sidewalks in the retail business district. Already the Village prohibits use of skateboards, in-line skates and scooters. 

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