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Salina amends Cold War Tax Exemption

The Salina Town Board moved to amend the Cold War Veterans Exemption of the town's tax code at Monday night's board meeting.

The board approved a local law with little resistance to rephrase the tax code to simplify future changes and increase the maximum exemption allowed.

"That's a minor change," said Town Attorney Robert Ventre. "It's so we don't have to go through another hearing."

Ventre said that Cicero had already made a similar change, and then went over the method and procedure of the law's adoption.

"The only thing we even have to change in the future is maximum exemptions," said Ventre, describing future dealings with the tax code.

One town member, Chuck Hardy, asked how the exemption would be decided in the future. Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra talked with Ventre and said it would be determined according to state law on a yearly basis.

Hardy also spoke at the meeting about a proposal from the Liverpool American Legion. Nicotra and Ventre agreed to meet with the officers in the coming weeks.

Later in the meeting, the Town Board voted to allocate $6,900 to resurface the Richfield Park basketball courts and another $3,975 to replace the pump control system at the Duerr Park pool. Gunnip confirmed with Town Engineer Trasher that the money was already in the town's park budget.

Gunnip later inquired about a park grant that the Board had filed earlier this year. Trasher shrugged and mentioned it was on the Governor's desk. "It might be there for a while," he said.

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