The Village of Mineola announced a $28.6 million budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year Wednesday night.
There is a 1.79% tax levy increase, equating to an increase of approximately $253,000 from the current budget that does not exceed the state’s tax cap. Mayor Paul Pereira said the tax levy amounts to about a $65 increase in village taxes for the average homeowner.
Pereira said during the April 5 hearing that there are many projects the village is looking to begin in the near future, including updating the village pool and making improvements to the playgrounds.
Earlier this year, the village also finished installing turf on its baseball fields at the Mineola Athletic Association on Willis Avenue.
The general fund budget is projected to have $22,974,723 in appropriations. Water fund appropriations amount to $3.15 million and the budgets for the village’s library and pool are $1.83 million and $707,000, respectively.
General fund revenues equal $8,568,389 for the upcoming fiscal year.
In unrelated village news, Deputy Mayor Janine Sartori said leisure passes are available until June 15 and can be accessed online or at the village’s community center.
“Our pool is definitely a jewel in our village,” Sartori said during the April 5 Board of Trustees meeting. “You can’t beat it for what you get and how much you pay.”
Pereira added that due to weather the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new turf fields was moved to Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. at field #1.
The Village Board also recognized bowlers from Mineola High School, including the entire girls’ Mustang team for winning the Nassau County tournament and one member of the boys’ team, William Grotheer, for being a county all-star.
The Mustangs repeated as county champions for the second year in a row, finishing 88 pins ahead of second-place MacArthur to secure a trip to the sate championship in Syracuse last month.
The team consisted of Michaela Palumbo, Kelsey Morrison, Brianna DiVirgilio, Kate Flynn, Allison Gayson, Emma Foley, Jackie Lewis and Leana Coelho finished their regular season this winter undefeated.
The Board of Trustees will be voting on adopting the budget at the next regular meeting April 19.