Assessments expected to increase 4 percent in East Syracuse

Topics discussed at the Dec. 2 East Syracuse Village Board meeting included Grievance Day, March elections and insurance renewals for village employees. Below are the highlights:

Grievance Day

Grievance Day will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 17 in the municipal building courtroom on 204 North Center St. Exemption applications for "Taxable Status Day" (Jan. 1) in East Syracuse must be submitted to Pat Derby, town clerk, no later than Dec. 31. Assessments are based upon the assessment roll of the town of DeWitt, but determined by the village assessor. They will now be shown as full value, not partial value, as formerly done by the village of East Syracuse.

Mayor Dan Liedka said the town of DeWitt completed a re-evaluation for the village and it's likely assessments will rise another four percent this year, thus, $70 per $100,000 assessed value. Liedka said the increase is due to the high portion that the village contributes to the town.

Polling place set

For residents wishing to vote in the East Syracuse March elections, polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday March 18 in the municipal building courtroom, 204 North Center Street.

The board unanimously appointed the following people as election inspectors for a one-year term: Pat Bacon, Carol Russell (chairperson), Russell Richman and Robert Murphy.

Village health plans -- increase in premiums

A 15 percent increase on village health plans for participating employees and retirees will raise the monthly premium for families and singles, but reduce it for those who fall under a new category added by the board specifically for two-person families.

Dental, which remains two-tiered (Family and Single), will see a 3.6 percent increase. Employee contribution is 25 percent of the premium.

Fire truck purchase

The board accepted a bid to buy a new fire truck at just under $579,000 from Absolute Fire in Syracuse. The new rescue truck will replace the 1992 Engine 1, the busiest truck in the county, said Mayor Dan Liedka.

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