COURTESY PHOTO Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor)
Although four of five East End towns showed an upturn in Community Preservation Fund (CPF) money for the first five months of the year, a 25 percent decline in East Hampton was enough to bring down the total revenues collected so far this year compared with the first five months of 2016. (more…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
There’s promising news in the way of grants for Islanders whose aged septic tanks need replacement.
The newly established Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory Board, at its June 1 meeting, was leaning toward awarding grants to offset the cost to residents of updating their septic systems. But before funds can leave town coffers, the board has to determine how and when the grants would be given. Members also must establish a way to ensure that after new systems are installed, they are properly maintained by homeowners. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Water testing at Sylvester Manor by United States Geological Survey chief scientist Fred Stumm, sitting,with colleagues, from left, Marie Zuck, Robert Welk and Michael Como
There’s promising news in the way of grants for Islanders whose aged septic tanks need replacement. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Community Preservation Fund collects taxes on real estate sales to spend on open space aquisitions and water protection programs.
Shelter Island is bucking the trend when it comes to East End municipalities’ declining Community Preservation Funds. They are down throughout the East End by 14.6 percent for the first quarter of 2017 as compared with the same period last year.
But on the Island, which frequently lagged the other four towns last year, CPF revenues are up by 30 percent, rising from $330,000 for the first quarter of 2016 to $430,000 for the same period this year. Funds come from a 2 percent tax buyers pay to buy East End properties and is used to purchase open space and fund water protection programs. (more…)
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