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Setauket Firehouse Bond Vote Set for Tuesday

A rendering of a renovated and expanded Setauket firehouse.
A rendering of a renovated and expanded Setauket firehouse.
A proposed $14.9 million bond to renovate and expand the Setauket firehouse goes before voters on Tuesday.

Built in 1935, the Setauket firehouse at 190 Main Street has served the community for the past 79 years. However, fire officials say that since its formation, fire services have undergone drastic changes and the current building is no longer equipped to properly handle the growing demands of the community.

The present structure also compromises the safety of volunteers due to the tight space constraints and other building deficiencies, officials have said. 

If the bond is approved, the average homeowner in the Setauket Fire District would pay an additional $93.84 a year in taxes, or $7.82 a month. 

Previous proposals to expand the firehouse were voted down by the public in 2008 and 2005. 

The Setauket Fire District covers about 28 square miles and serves Setauket, East Setauket, Old Field, sections of Stony Brook University and its hospital, and parts of Stony Brook, Lake Grove, Centereach, Port Jefferson, and Port Jefferson Station.

Polls are open Tuesday at the Setauket firehouse from noon- 9 p.m. 

For more details on the bond proposal and expansion plans, visit the fire department's website here
justme June 16, 2014 at 07:04 AM
An earlier article defined an average homeowner ( tax base = $3K ) would see a $94 property tax increase. Where are the houses with the $3K taxes?!?!? Based on that rate, most will pay an additional $500 per year. Too much to ask the taxpayer with the school district bond and new tax assessment!
Setauket Fire District June 16, 2014 at 10:09 AM
It is important to clarify the actual tax impact of the project. The figure of $94 per year is generated by using the average assessed value ($3,831) of all the properties in the fire district, according to the Brookhaven Town Assessor. This $3,831 figure is not what an individual home pays in taxes; rather, it is the average assessed value, which is only a percentage of presumed full value that is used to calculate the tax bill for all taxing entities. If you look at your tax bill, you will see what your assessed value is, and from there, you can calculate the tax impact of the project. The projected tax impact to repay our bond is $2.44 per $100 of assessed value, which is why a $3,831 assessed value home generates an annual tax impact of $94. It is absolutely false to suggest that "most will pay an $500 per year.” That would only be the case if your home is worth millions of dollars.
justme June 17, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Thanks for clarifiying, the 3,831 figure is not $ it's assessed value - got it. And yep, my assessed value and tax impact are double (but not 5 times) that stated in the article.
Sam June 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM
What is more important to us hard working taxpayers is: to give access to $14.9 million to the Fire Commissioner's is insane. Most of them on the board cannot balance their monies personally or are too busy planning vacations for what they call "conferences" to Florida on the taxpayers backs (4 commissioners and 3 Chiefs really need to attend a "conference", abusing the taxpayers money for sure). This project began at $7 Million and in no time it’s up $14.9 million. I am sure with the Commissioner's ability to manage our taxpayer money, this will raise to $20 million in no time. These folks making the decisions for this Fire House are not well prepared. I have sat in on their public meetings and listen to them speak on the project and it’s scary to hear them talk about such a large project without knowledge and research, mostly they just have blank stares from the powers that be in these meetings. Is a fire house needed, probably, but this project misses the real overall needs of a fire house and our community. It's too big and has too much, last thing we need is mismanagement of our already high tax liabilities in this community.
Vilhelm June 17, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Nobody wants their taxes to go up. We pay and pay and pay in three village. But I have to admit, the above makes me laugh. School taxes go up every year much more than this 94 dollars or in my case 110 dollars by 5 fold, yet nobody seems to mind that. So basically what we are saying is it's ok for people making good salaries to cost us a lot of money, but our volunteers aren't worth a hundred bucks a year. I will be voting yes and thank you for all you do for your community!

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