Board of supervisors news and notes

All supervisors were present for today's Madison County Board of Supervisors meeting at 10 a.m. in Wampsville. More than 35 resolutions were passed with little discussion on a few agenda items.

Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Becker welcomed Madison County Sheriff Ronald I. Cary to take the floor and say a few words to the board and the meeting attendants. After Cary accepted a gift from Becker, he turned to all attendants and said he was glad to serve the county for 32 years. When Cary graduated college in 1976 he wanted to serve the county sheriff's department, but was told that he would never stay because he was "too educated."

Cary said he "proved them wrong" with his many years of loyalty to the county he has lived in his whole life. Cary shook hands with the board members after he thanked the county for their long lasting support.

Agricultural district public hearing

The Madison County Planning Board has been sending out notices to residents about the agricultural district renewal policies that generally run through October for any changes in land assignments.

There are currently four agricultural districts up for review, although there are both additions and removals. These changes generally take place with farming expansions and residences that may have been overlooked and located in an agricultural district for a long time and doesn't operate as a farm.

Town of Brookfield Supervisor John Salka interjected during the hearing because he said he has had a few farmers tell him that they are concerned with the status of their land and if there will be a change in their tax status.

A member of the Madison County Planning Board said that he has received a few calls concerning parcels of land in other districts about the status of tax exemption. He said that the addition, removal or renewal in a district "does not necessarily mean they [residents] would be taxed higher."

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