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School board adopts contingent budget, shaving $2 million off proposal rejected by voters

Contingency spending plan, said to be a stop-gap until revote on failed budget, cuts nearly $1M from athletics programs, makes steep cuts to music performances and clubs, electives, elementary literacy and more.

Riverhead misses filing deadline for sales tax money, gets reprieve from county legislature

Riverhead Town missed a March 31 county filing deadline to be eligible for $1.7 million in sales tax revenues to fund town police services in 2019. The county legislature accepted the late filing at its Sept. 4 meeting.

Jens-Smith delivers 2019 budget, calling for 2.7-percent tax rate hike

Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith delivered her first operating budget yesterday, proposing a 3.9 percent spending increase in the three town-wide funds — the general fund, highway fund and street-lighting district — to $59.1 million. Total town spending in 2019 would rise to just under $97.7 million.

In split vote, town board adopts supervisor’s budget after all

In a special meeting yesterday afternoon called at the request of Councilwoman Jodi Giglio — the statutory deadline for budget adoption — the Riverhead Town Board adopted an operating budget for 2018 unchanged from the budget presented by Supervisor Sean Walter in September.

Tonight: Public hearing on Riverhead school district’s proposed $136.4M operating budget

Riverhead Central School District’s proposed operating budget for the 2017-2018 school year will be the subject of a public hearing before the board of...

Pierce the tax cap? Cue the crickets

No one turned out for a public hearing on a local authorizing the Riverhead Town Board to pierce the property tax levy cap in 2017.
County Executive Steve Bellone delivering the state of the county address earlier this year. (Courtesy photo)

Suffolk Closeup With annual budget approaching $3 billion, is Suffolk a sinking ship?

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has proposed a $2.96 billion budget for 2017, calling for new or increased fees to make up for slumping sales tax revenues.

Riverhead Town Government Town had $300,000 shortfall in 2015, after budgeted revenues fail to materialize

Riverhead Town came up more than $300,000 short in 2015, after revenue projections in its adopted budget missed the mark by nearly $1.9 million.

Library releases 2016-2017’s proposed budget with 2.4 tax levy increase

The proposed budget calls for a $3.67 million operating budget, up from $3.58 million last year. The tax levy would increase from $3.45 million to $3.54 million, which amounts to an increase of $83,567 or 2.4 percent.

Town Board wrap: Nov. 17, 2015

Highlights of the Riverhead Town Board meeting on Nov. 17, 2015: law firm hired to defend federal lawsuit over use of water towers under leases with cellular companies; new accountant hired; 'World Prematurity Day' acknowledged.
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