Lysander, Van Buren boards: Cold War vets exemption approved

Lysander officials have approved a partial exemption to Cold War veterans.

The exemption allows veterans of the Cold War, a time period stretching through the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s, to apply for a tax break of up to $12,000 on their property's assessed value. For example, if a Cold War veteran owned a property in Lysander assessed at $100,000 and was granted the exemption, the property owner would only pay taxes on $88,000 of the property.

"It's not a big financial break, more of a statement of support for veterans," said Supervisor Barry Bullis. "Anything we can do to help."

Residents attending the Oct. 26 board meeting had mixed feelings on the exemption, some in favor and others opposed.

"Every time we grant an exemption, there are more taxes for the rest of us," said Hugh Kimball of Lysander.

Billy Palmer said he was in favor of the exemption, saying, "I don't think we really can do enough for any veteran."

Lysander work session Thursday

The Lysander Town Board will hold a work session to discuss matters relating to the design and construction of the town's Seneca River Trail project at 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 12 at the Lysander Town Hall, 8220 Loop Road in Radisson.

Verizon negotiations continue

Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes made an announcement at the Nov. 4 board meeting regarding negotiations with Verizon to bring the company's services to the area. He said he had been receiving calls from residents concerned with the time it was taking to hammer out a deal with the company, believing the town was delaying negotiations. Sykes said it was not the town holding things up, it was Verizon. Officials added they hope to finish the contract in time to set a public hearing at the next board meeting held Nov. 17.

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