The Bellport Village board of trustees approved the 2021 fiscal year budget at last week’s meeting on April 20. The budget calls for a $312,592 increase in spending with a 2.7 percent …
The Bellport Village board of trustees approved the 2021 fiscal year budget at last week’s meeting on April 20. The budget calls for a $312,592 increase in spending with a 2.7 percent increase in the tax levy.
The tax increase is a lot lower than originally planned. Mayor Ray Fell said at the meeting, which was held over Zoom, that when the process started it came in around 20 percent due to various capital projects. After some cuts were made and working with different ideas, village treasurer Ali McCabe was able to get it down to 2.7 percent. The tax increase amounts to about $60 per year for the average household.
To see the full village budget, visit www.bellportvillageny.gov .
As New York has dealt with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a brief time where the state had deemed recreational marina services and golf to be nonessential, and therefore forced to close under the governor’s executive order. But later guidance lifted those restrictions, so the Bellport Country Club is able to operate and the Bellport marina will be able to be used once the bulkhead project is complete.
The dock project will remain opera- tional with limited crews, which is con- sidered essential construction. When the project is finished, the boat launch and slips (including kayak racks and dinghy slips) will be open for residents. Charters and rentals are not yet permitted. Suf- folk County Police Department, South Country Ambulance and the Bellport Fire Department have continued to have access to their slips at the dock.
The dock project is nearing completion, with stormwater and electrical systems underway, and resurfacing will be one of the last major additions. The village will communicate with residents when it is ready for use.
As for the golf course, efforts will be taken to ensure proper social distancing and safety guidelines.
Play is for members and paying resi- dents only. Guest play is not permitted at any time until further notice.
The course will be available for walking only—no golf carts are available at this time. All tee times will be made by calling the Starter’s Booth the day before. Times will be 15 minutes apart and there will be a limit of one foursome at a time.
Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your tee time. Change your shoes at your car, carry your own bag and only check in at the shop prior to playing your round. Practice areas will continue to be closed until further notice.
Practice social distancing throughout the facility; this includes on the golf course and in the parking lot. Both locker rooms and on course bathrooms will remain closed. In the event of a delay due to frost or other spring conditions, tee times will be cancelled.
For more information on village restrictions, visit www.bellportvillageny.gov.