No tax rate increase in Spafford town budget

— —Anita Williams and Sandra Weigel, both members of the Citizens to Protect Spafford Watersheds, spoke to the board about the need to enact a law to ban heavy industrial activity in Spafford as a way to prevent gas companies from hydrofracking within the town limits. More than 20 local residents attended the meeting, which, at times during the hydrofracking portion, became loud and heated.

Spafford currently is under a six-month moratorium against hydrofracking, which the town board approved this past September, in order for the board to investigate the issue further before taking final actions.

Stevens said he and other members of the town board are scheduled to visit Dimock, Pa., soon to see first-hand the hydrofracking down there, meet with people both for and against the practice and bring information back to Spafford. Board members also will be attending some upcoming seminars about hydrofracking as well.

“We are working on this but don’t want to jump into it too quickly and do something that would be detrimental to the community,” Stevens said.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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