Snuffing Out Suburbia
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2681 apartments with over 4400 occupants is the potential build out that the Town of Babylon has proposed for 109 acres of land surrounding the intersection of Conklin St. and Rte 110 in Farmingdale.
- · If developers are granted huge tax abatements, most of the tax burden for all the new students will fall on the shoulders of the homeowners and businesses in the Farmingdale and Half Hollow Hills school districts (renters do not pay school taxes). It can cost more than $25,000 to educate ONE child, and approx.$125,000 to educate ONE special needs child per year?
- · Urbanization and vertical sprawl will create a downtown, or mini city, where none now exists.- all without the infrastructure, resources and services that a city has! Intersections are already over capacity. Traffic will degrade even further. If you work here or go to school here, it will make your commute intolerable.
- · The very real possibility of IDA tax abatements and tax breaks from Suffolk County and the Town of Babylon will mean the existing community will pay for the overburdened schools, police, fire, emergency, and sanitation personnel.
- · “Queensifying” our suburbia will severely impact the quality of life and the finances of many individual home owners.
Please sign this petition to ask that Town of Babylon leaders rescind this proposal and ask that they meet with residents to discuss a more reasonable plan for the area.
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