Both Nicotra and Trasher discussed the benefits that would come with the proposed purchase of the Burdick Chevrolet, including a safe, clean, energy-efficient environment for employees and court facilities, handicapped accessibility and additional space for salt storage.
“We have been band-aiding for a number of years now, and we can’t band-aid anymore,” Nicotra said. “It is overdue and we are trying to rectify (some things) from the past.”
The board members voted and unanimously approved a resolution to add a referendum for the purchase of the building to the Nov. 8 ballot. Both board members and local residence voiced their opinions on the purchase, including a number of concerns from residents regarding costs, but ultimately it will be the taxpayers who make this decision. The estimated tax increase for this would be approximately $15 to $20 on a $100,000 home for 30 years, Nicotra said.
The highway garage will hold an open house in late October so residents will have the opportunity to see its condition themselves. In addition, the presentation that breaks down the pros and cons of each possible solution and further details the possible property purchase can be viewed on the town of Salina’s website at salina.ny.us.