Smithtown OKs $21.4M in street repairs

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Photo credit: Erin Geismar

by Carl MacGowan, Newsday
April 4, 2012

Smithtown will make $21.4 million worth of road repairs and improvements this year, under a plan approved Tuesday by the town board. 

The road plan includes $13.7 million in general repairs on 470.7 miles of streets. It calls for $7.7 million worth of larger-scale improvements -- including $6.5 million to repave or upgrade roads. 

The town board has not acted on a request from Highway Superintendent Glenn Jorgensen to borrow $10 million -- $5 million this year and the same amount in 2013 -- to pave an additional 27 miles of town roads and address 6,000 complaints about crumbling curbs and sidewalks. 

Board members have not made a motion to approve the request, made by Jorgensen at a Feb. 28 town board work session. Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said then that the town could not repay the loans with interest while remaining within the state's 2 percent cap on tax levy increases. 

The borrowing requested by Jorgensen would raise taxes by $2.23 for every $1,000 of assessed value.

Jorgensen has said repairs will cost more if they are delayed for several years. 

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