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Avalon Bay PILOT Program Vote Postponed

Tuesday's Bloomingdale Council meeting was canceled. A special meeting will be held on Sept. 25 instead.

The Bloomingdale Council meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled because of a lack of quorum.

Instead, a special meeting will be held Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at Bloomingdale Borough Hall.

According to the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, the council would have held a public hearing and planned to vote on the proposed Avalon Bay Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program. The PILOT program would give the developer of a luxury apartment complex on Union Avenue the ability to make payments to the borough in lieu of paying taxes for 30 years, thereby having the money split between the municipality and county as opposed to the majority going to the school district.

The PILOT program ordinance was expected to be voted on during a special meeting on Sept. 6, but three council members were absent from the meeting. Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy has said the money gained from the PILOT program would be used to pay down the borough's nearly $12 million debt.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday was a public hearing on an ordinance that would amend the borough code relating to solar panels and a status update of a playground being moved to the Walter T. Bergen School.

The council was expected to discuss restoring the "Nightmare on Bailey Avenue" event. Cancelation of the Halloween-themed town event, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"letter-to-the-editor-representing-bloomingdales-youth-on-importance-of-town-events"} --> was a controversial topic last year and

paul bastante September 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Apparently, the majority is now playing games with this. What a joke our leaders are.
Ann September 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM
The Republicans will follow what LH recommends, and perhaps they were waiting for her to publish her opinion? Their failure to show up for meetings does indeed appear to be a transparent ploy. But the perplexing question I have is: Wasn't the Pilot Program recommended by their own auditor and by the lawyer? I thought I read that in a previous Patch article. Didn't the Patch article also report how well it had worked in other towns? I could be mistaken, but I believe that's what they said. Cancelling the public meeting has accomplished nothing....just like Congress!

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