Islip Town Board Adopts 2018 Operating Budget

November 9th, 2017 – Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and members of the Islip Town Board, unanimously adopted the Town’s 2018 annual operating budget and a majority of the board adopted the 2018 capital budget at today’s annual budget hearing.

This budget is under the state-mandated 2% tax cap. The operating budget proposed a modest increase of 1.765% or $9.23 per household annually. The Town’s 2018 operating budget does not eliminate any services, or programs. As a direct result of the Town’s strong financial stewardship and Aaa bond rating, (the highest rating a municipality can obtain), the Town was able to absorb a projected double digit increase in health insurance costs. The 2018 operating budget is a no-frills budget with no cut in services and no layoffs.

“The operating budget is as lean as the Town can possibly make it without cutting services. The Town of Islip workforce still maintains lower staffing levels than its neighboring towns. The Town continues to do its best to deliver services with the fewest possible employees, which means that everyone has to work harder. I am most grateful that our Town employees have risen to the challenge. However, the reality is, that as governments try to reduce their workforce, overtime costs can increase, and as a result, we have to find a balance that takes into account the number of employees needed to accomplish the work required without incurring excessive overtime costs,” said Supervisor Carpenter.

Unlike the annual operating budget, the capital budget is a multi-year plan to fund long-term improvements to Town facilities in need of rehabilitation, or those projects that are in disrepair, such as roads, bulkheading, town recreation and senior centers. In order to expend any capital dollars, a subsequent bond approval vote would take place requiring a supermajority vote before the dollars could be spent.

As the Supervisor said during the budget hearing, “as an elected official I have a responsibility to take care of the town’s infrastructure…the taxpayer’s assets, a responsibility I take most seriously.”

 

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