In November, Mastic Beach residents turned out in the thousands, voting to decide the fate of their young village. It came down to 1,922 dissolve votes to 1,215 for saving the village. In the weeks leading up to the referendum, things got ugly in the 5.3 square-mile shorefront village. This Thursday, March 16, the Village board will hold a public hearing on its proposed dissolution plan, to be carried out by an incoming administration to be elected on Tuesday, March 21.
At a recent Bellport Village budget work session, village officials discussed projected costs and rates for the upcoming fiscal year. The tax cap is currently set at .8 percent, said Mayor Ray Fell. “We aren’t sure whether or not we’ll be able to stay under that 1 percent for the village budget,” he said at a February board meeting, adding that they would have a better idea midway through March.