Suffolk Legislature plans post-election tax hike

WEST BABYLON - Suffolk lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are proposing a budget plan that would raise taxes in hopes of saving hundreds of jobs.

The legislative budget plan not only would increase the police district tax, but would also raise fees for Suffolk Bus fares and marina and beach vehicle use.

Ultimately, the plan is to limit the layoffs of county employees to 88 - down from the 710 jobs that would have been cut under a plan proposed by County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk).

Levy laced into the budget plan and questioned the timing of it.

"It was leaked, it was never intended by [Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook)] to present that information out yesterday, as he's supposed to do under the law, it's only that the media got hold of the fact that they were doing a post-election tax increase that the presiding officer fessed up," Levy says.

Efforts by News 12 Long Island to reach Lindsay were unsuccessful.

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