ISLIP - Hundreds turned out to an Islip Town Board meeting this afternoon ahead of a vote to amend the town's proposed budget to reduce the proposed tax increase from 65 percent to 25 percent.

The town voted to approve the reduction, which if the final budget is approved, would cost the average homeowner $8 more in taxes a month.

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci says the measure is necessary to put the town back on track and close a $25 million deficit left by the prior administration. The Brentwood Association of Concerned Citizens says the tax hike is still too much.