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North Syracuse trustee appointed; sales tax discussed

The North Syracuse Village Board appointed Alfred E. Fergerson to the position of trustee during its regular 7:30 p.m. meeting Thursday Feb. 11.

Fergerson, a lifelong resident of North Syracuse, is also a licensed funeral director, president and owner of Fergerson Funeral Homes, Inc., located in the village.

While Fergerson's son Alfred W. "Bill" Fergerson was initially asked by Mayor Diane Browning to join the village board, there was an aspect of timing that played a part in the final decision.

Trustee Fergerson said his son decided he would be too busy for the position and that his father would be a good candidate as well.

"I have worked with him on several committees in the past," Browning said. "He is a good choice for the village."

Browning said that he has been an important part of the community with all of his involvement in different organizations.

His "successful business" also shows his financial background that will suit the board well, Browning said.

"I've been asked to run for mayor many times before," Fergerson said.

Because he doesn't view himself as a "political person," he said he is "excited to have this opportunity and will see how it goes for the next six months."

Sales tax decrease

Trustee Gary Butterfield and Village Treasurer Dianne Kufel attended the Feb. 3 Onondaga County Mayors Association special meeting at the East Syracuse-Minoa Village Hall in preparation for the upcoming legislative meeting that will address local sales tax revenue.

During the special meeting, representatives from several villages were told that sales tax revenue could be cut by 40 percent for the next year because of the rough shape the state is in, according to Butterfield.

A 10-year county sales tax agreement expires this year, which means that villages could be in danger of losing even more funding, Butterfield said.

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