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Town Board in favor of law to override state tax levy limit

Public hearing scheduled for Nov. 3

— The board, however, was concerned specifically that its highway department budget may be “penalized” by the cap. Highway Superintendent Jim Card said he could not predict the future of his department’s budgetary needs, but if the price of oil and stone continues to increase then his budget would increase as well.

Roney said the town roads could suffer and may have to wait until the next budget year to be fixed in order to keep costs under the 2-percent cap.

Councilman Steve McGlynn asked, “So if a bridge goes out and the cost is over the 2 percent cap, we can’t fix it?”

“Yes, we could not fix it under the current law,” Roney answered.

“That’s flawed,” McGlynn said.

“Philosophically, I like the 2-percent cap, but we’re going to spend more than that on the highway department,” McGlynn added.

Roney said that the board’s constituents will be upset if they cannot keep the roads up to certain standards and then blame the tax cap.

The board voted unanimously to hold the public hearing to further discuss the local law to waive the tax cap.

The public hearing will be at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Town Hall.

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

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