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Smithtown Officials Approve 2012 Highway Road Program

Jorgensen's requested $10M bond will not be voted on until engineering reports completed.

The Town of Smithtown's elected officials have voted to move forward with road repaving, but additional $10 million in work will need wait for approval

Smithtown's Town Board voted 3-0 to approve the 2012 Highway Road Program proposed by Highway Supervisor Glenn Jorgensen at Tuesday afternoon's board meeting, absent trustees Thomas McCarthy and Kevin Malloy. However, Jorgensen will have to wait to see if board trustees are willing to seek out a $10 million bond to do additional work.

Under the 2012 Highway Road Program, Jorgensen has been given a $565,000 budget to fix and repave the Town of Smithtown's roadways over the upcoming months. This is significantly less than the $900,000 budgeted for roadway repairs by the Town of Smithtown in 2011.

A complete list of those roads to be repaved and fixed will be posted on the Town of Smithtown's website later this week, Jorgensen said.

Jorgensen, at the March 29 Commack Community Association meeting, told Commack residents the amount budgeted will not be enough to fix nearly 6,000 sidewalk complaints and roadways in the area.

He has proposed the town board approve seek , $5 million for 2012 and $5 million in 2013, to pave an additional 60 miles of roadway and catch up with fixing sidewalks and repairs.

Councilman Edward Wehrheim said an engineering study is underway to determine the state of Town of Smithtown's roadway, and what work is recommended to be done. Once the engineering study is returned, Wehrheim said the board will further consider Jorgensen's proposition.

If the town council were to approve a $10 million bond for roadway repairs, Jorgensen estimated it would cost the average homeowner approximately $12 more a year in taxes.

John from Kings Park April 04, 2012 at 07:38 PM
...and then you'll cry that they're outsourcing jobs to foreigners...
Argile April 04, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Funny that you mention bake sales, Smithtown residents pay high taxes yet the school district still sends out fundraisers stuffed in kids backpacks. I find this interesting. Where is all the money going that they still need to do fundraiding?
Argile April 04, 2012 at 08:22 PM
If it's outsourced to the Japanese I welcome it. They'll make a mockery out of the union monkeys with their work ethic.
The Smithtown General April 05, 2012 at 12:11 AM
The teachers and superintendants extort all of the money from the taxpayers. Money that should be spent on students.
jimbo April 07, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I dont care if its 1 dollar or 12 , we are continually burdened with tax increases and get nothing in return. Yet we the tax payers continue to vote yes for the increases and then whinr about it. Everything on your tax bill increases weather it be school tax , garbage collection , street repair, etc. Its 12 dollars a year plus what ever increases are added on next year and so on. Then its just 12 dollars for the library and just this for schools and JUST this for every section on your taxbill. Then we go thru the whole "its just this much" next yesr again. When does this end ? 10 years from now when your tax bill is 20000 a year and they still havent touched your precious streets maybe youll realize that "just this much" is too much.

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