FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2022
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Supervisor DeSena Presents Tentative 2023 Budget
Town’s spending plan focuses on smart investments and ensures no cuts to services
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jennifer DeSena today announced that she has submitted to the Town Board and the Town Clerk the tentative budget for 2023. The 2023 budget plan demonstrates sound management of Town finances and includes a fiscally conservative approach that delivers critical Town services while prioritizing smart investments, including the beautification and maintenance of our parks and infrastructure.
“The tentative budget is highlighted by spending restraints, increased efficiencies, and an open, honest, and transparent look at how the Town is spending our taxpayer’s money,” Supervisor DeSena said. “I am so proud to deliver my first budget plan on behalf of our taxpayers. The tentative budget is the first step in the process, and it provides a window into my administration’s goals for the upcoming year. While the skyrocketing inflation rate and unstable economy has presented the Town with many unexpected challenges this year, I am proud that despite this, under the tentative budget plan, our exceptional Town workforce will continue to maintain our Town services, all while remaining under the state mandated spending cap.”
The $158.4 million tentative budget is broken down into $89.1 million in the General Fund, $40.5 million for the Town Outside Village Fund, and $28.8 million for the 20 Town-operated special districts.
Under the Tentative 2023 Budget, the General Fund tax levy increase reflects an additional focus on the beautification and maintenance of our parks and infrastructure. The Town Outside Village Fund increase reflects additional resources devoted to the Highways Division to expand the department’s annual tree planting program, while maintaining snow-storm related expenses in the event of a particularly bad winter season.
The Supervisor went on to note that the tentative budget stays within the state mandated spending cap, and like her predecessor Judi Bosworth, Supervisor DeSena has committed that the final budget will be voted on by the Town Board on November 3rd, prior to Election Day.
“At my inauguration in January, I vowed to return Town government to a taxpayer-first principle and the 2023 tentative budget is a major step in that direction. Since my first day in office, I have put an emphasis on openness, transparency, and integrity in Town government, so that our residents gain greater insight into the way things actually work here,” Supervisor DeSena said. “Now, the most open and transparent budget process in our Town’s history will commence, as I hold multiple budget hearings and multiple public work sessions to provide our residents an in-depth look at Town finances. I am proud that my administration takes a taxpayer first approach, so I encourage our residents to come down to Town Hall to engage with the process and provide their input.”
The Town will be conducting a public work session on the tentative budget at a special meeting of the Town Board on October 13, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. This work session will be open to the public and will take place in the Town Board Hearing Room located at 220 Plandome Road in Manhasset. Residents interested in viewing the work session can visit: www.northhempsteadny.gov/townboardlive.
Additionally, the Supervisor has scheduled three more special meetings to give our residents as much input into the budgeting process as possible: a public hearing on the tentative budget on October 20th at 7 p.m., a public work session to discuss the preliminary budget on October25th at 6 p.m., and finally, a special meeting on November 3rd at 7 p.m. for a public hearing and vote on the final budget, prior to Election Day.