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Limeledge Water residents overcharged by $200

Two money-saving motions were passed by the Skaneateles town board at the Jan. 21 meeting. One was a tax reimbursement and the other a new program involving an insurance provider.

Town residents in the Limeledge Water District were overcharged by more than $200 on their tax bill in 2010.

"They basically overpaid on their real estate taxes," Town Supervisor Terri Roney said. "We need to reimburse the town residents in that water district that paid the higher rate in the coming weeks."

The mistake occurred after a neighboring community came into some money. The funds reduced the tax from $523 per unit per year to $296 per unit per year.

"The town of Marcellus had some good fortune and received a grant that we were not aware of when the budget was passed, so there will be an adjustment made," Roney said.

Board members also approved an agreement to reduce insurance costs. A program will help the town keep a closer eye on the driving records of those who will be using town vehicles.

"What they do is they provide password accessible access to all the driver license information for town employees who drive our vehicles," Clerk Janet Aaron said. "That way it would provide information if any of the drivers received any infractions on their drivers license."

The program is free for the town, but those who have access to the system will be "very restricted," Roney said.

"It's basically just an informational tool," she said "If there are any kind of infractions it can affect our insurance ratings so this is an effort to try and maintain our insurance at a lower cost."

In other news:

* A contract with the Fingerlakes SPCA of CNY for the towns animal control officers was entered into. It was similar to agreements the town had untaken in past years.

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