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COVID shutdown did not feather school district’s nest, officials say

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There was no stash of unspent funds left over when the books were closed on the 2019-2020 school year in Riverhead.

Riverhead school board member says he is “embarrassed to be from Riverhead”

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“I’ve never been so embarrassed to be from Riverhead or call myself a Blue Wave as I have these past couple of months. It’s disgusting.” Riverhead school board member Chris Dorr last night denounced the community for twice voting down the school budget and the school board for refusing to fund at least some of the district’s sports and extracurricular clubs this fall.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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

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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.
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