Huntington town supervisor: Proposal to raise taxes to pay for repaving roads could come if there's public support
Huntington Town Supervisor Ed Smyth says he might propose a tax increase on homeowners' property tax bills to pay for repaving projects if residents support it.
Smyth says there is not enough money in the town's budget to cover the cost of all the repaving, adding that even with financial help from the state, the town still doesn't have enough money.
Karen Silvestri, of Melville, lives on Altamore Street and says it's not fair to ask residents to pay even more money to fix their roads.
"The money that people are paying in taxes here is crazy already, so why add more taxes to people?," Silvestri says. "People like my parents, who are senior citizens. Adding to the struggle that they already have, it's not fair to seniors. That's just putting more of a hardship on the town residents."
The town supervisor says if there was public support for raising taxes to pay for repaving, it would be put on the ballot for people to decide.