Cicero approves local law on mixed use properties, Corl opposes Brewerton audit award

The Cicero Town Board adopted a new local law temporarily exempting residents from paying real property taxes on renovated mixed-use buildings within the town in the future during their meeting on April 13

This local law, 485-a of the New York Real Property Law, states that individuals that renovate their properties to commercial/ residential mixed-use facilities are exempt from property taxes for the first eight years. Right now, the only mixed- use developments within the town are in North Syracuse and Brewerton. Residents in other areas of Cicero hoping to take advantage of this opportunity would have to go through the planning board for zone changes.

Also during the meeting, Councilor Jim Corl, Jr., expressed his concern over the hiring of Benn & Company to carry out the Brewerton Revitalization audit. Corl stated that he believed there were some political undertones prompting the award contract, since Mike Benn,a Democrat, sat on the town board from 1998 to 2001. The board ultimately voted to award Benn the audit contract with a 3-2 vote.

The next Cicero Town Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 27 at Town Hall.

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