When New York State first approved its state property tax levy cap in 2011, this newspaper called it the biggest unfunded mandate of all. Two years later, we editorialized that the tax cap should never have been labeled “2 percent” if exceptions allow municipalities to increase budgets by more than that amount without technically piercing the cap.
Two people have been charged in connection with the death of former Riverhead Town police officer and councilman Timothy Buckley, according to police in Horry County, S.C.
Riverhead Town is considering demolition on an Aquebogue house that was badly damaged in a fire more than three years ago. READ
The Riverhead Town Board approved a $54.4 million town budget for 2017 at Tuesday night’s meeting by a 4-1 vote, with all but Councilwoman Jodi Giglio approving a tax increase that pierces the state-mandated cap.
Riverhead Town’s proposed $46 million sale of more than 600 acres at the Enterprise Park at Calverton will help the town pay off its debt. But that’s about all it will do, according to Supervisor Sean Walter. READ
The remains of missing former Riverhead police officer and town councilman Timothy Buckley were found Thursday not far from where he disappeared in South Carolina, according to a report on myrtlebeachonline.com.
His death is being investigated as a homicide, according to the newspaper. READ
The annual bonfire and holiday celebration at the riverfront in downtown Riverhead traditionally has been held on the second Saturday of December, Councilman Jim Wooten noted. READ
Several service agencies that work with people who are homeless, poor, mentally ill or suffer from addiction issues have asked the Riverhead Town Board for federal Community Development Block Grant money. READ