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Romaine Presents Brookhaven’s 2017 State of the Town Address

DSC_0640On March 23, Supervisor Ed Romaine delivered his fifth State of the Town address in the auditorium at Brookhaven Town Hall. The theme of the address was “Building on Strength, Protecting Our Future, Moving Brookhaven Forward” and he delivered an optimistic look at the great strides that have been made this past year, his new initiatives and the challenges that face the Town in the years ahead.
Some Highlights of Supervisor Romaine’s State of the Town Address include:
Finances
The Supervisor noted that Brookhaven is financially strong and has maintained its AAA bond rating, the highest that can be attained. The Town has also experienced a surplus for the third consecutive year (approximately $4.5 million in the Town-wide funds and $2 million in the part-Town funds). This strong performance was primarily due to:
• Higher revenue from increased home sales and mortgage tax receipts;
• Increased franchise agreements, landfill, planning, building and zoning revenues;
• Well managed employee compensation and benefits that have saved almost $3.5 million;
• Part Town Highway Fund ending fiscal year 2016 with an estimated surplus of $500,000;
• Pipeline Debt Reduction has contributed to a $5 million increase in debt reserves; and
• All major operating funds completed 2016 with better than planned financial performance.
Supervisor Romaine thanked the members of the Town Board and commended their efforts to keep expenses down and save taxpayer dollars. He also noted that since taking office, his budgets have complied with the Town’s spending, debt and tax rate caps and assured taxpayers that they will continue to receive their rebate check from the State of New York.
Quality of Life and Housing Code Enforcement
Supervisor Romaine reinforced his commitment to improve the quality of life in every community by strict enforcement of the Town’s building, fire and housing codes and ridding neighborhoods of dangerous “zombie houses.” In 2016, the Town:
•Demolished 53 abandoned, unsafe structures
• Boarded up over 400 vacant houses
• Cut lawns of 173 properties and provided property maintenance at 255 homes
• Continued the fight against illegal student housing in many communities including Stony Brook
In closing, Supervisor Romaine praised the Town Officials and employees who continue to work as a team for the betterment of the Town.

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