The Quogue Village Board of Trustees approved a resolution last week to dole out close to $30,000 in duplicate tax payment reimbursements to property owners throughout the municipality.
The board originally agreed to repay more than $72,000, but Southampton Town picked up the tab on a $42,368.49 reimbursement to Countrywide Home Loans, Quogue Village Clerk and Treasurer Marcia Koziarz said.
The reimbursements are an annual occurrence, she added, as the village frequently receives dual tax payments for some properties and has to pay back the owners.
“Mostly, the homeowners pay it, then their bank makes a payment as well not knowing a payment has been made,” Ms. Koziarz said. “It’s no loss to us—we just gathered more money than we were supposed to.”
During the business-as-usual meeting on Wednesday, July 17, the board also approved a drop in price for beach passes, from $90 to $45 for village residents and from $240 to $120 for seasonal renters starting on Thursday, August 1. The reduction is another common practice, Ms. Koziarz explained, designed to give a break to those who will have access to the beach for only the final weeks of summer.
The board also approved an $18,060.46 contract with Fluid Imagery Computing Services for new equipment, software, hardware and technology support services between July 1 and June 30, 2014.
Other contracts and policies were agreed upon, including the village’s contract with the Civil Service Employee Association—a union for public employees—as well as personnel policies for the Building Department, Code Enforcement and village office staff.