Huntington Town proposes budget with tax hike

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HUNTINGTON -

Officials in the Town of Huntington have revealed a plan to raise taxes and cut some jobs.

The nearly $200 million proposed budget raises taxes by about 2.5 percent. For the average homeowner it is $49 a year.

Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci says two factors are behind the proposed tax increase: an increase in health care costs and “contractual obligations we have with union employees.”

The proposed budget also calls for the elimination of four full-time employees in the town board offices, including those who work for Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.

Cuthbertson, a Democrat, criticized the Republican supervisor for cutting the number of full-time employees in the Town Board offices from nine to five people.

A public hearing on the proposed town budget is scheduled for Nov. 8.

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