KINGS POINT - Kings Point residents packed the village hall tonight to discuss a 9.8-percent tax hike and a costly new surveillance system.

As part of the newly approved budget, the village will be installing 44 cameras and license-plate scanners at all village entrances. The $1 million increase in security follows a string of home invasions last year.

Many residents say they're against the high-tech system and having to pay even more in taxes. Others say it's worth the price to keep everyone safe.

Mayor Michael Kalnick says the cameras are not the only reason for the tax hike. He says rising health costs, state mandates and a drop in property values also contributed.

Kings Point announces installation of surveillance cameras