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Spafford town board facing numerous issues as 2012 opens

— “The last one we wrote was pretty good,” Stevens said. “We’re working hard on it, and my main concern is, I want to do it right.”

Not on the board’s agenda, but something on the town’s radar is the current disagreement with the Finger Lakes Land Trust about the tax exempt status of the Dickinson Preserve. The FLLT sued the town in December over tax exempt status because the town assessor wanted to deny the claim.

Legal meetings on the disagreement were delayed until this month at the request of the town’s attorney.

The town board petitioned a state court for “clarification on some issues,” and the motion has not yet been ruled on, Stevens said.

“Everything hinges on that ruling. We want to see what the decision from the judge is on this particular issue. I don’t want to spend attorneys’ fees on this if there is no point,” Stevens said.

Stevens added that other courts around the state have recently ruled in favor of land trusts in similar issues.

Kris Russell is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. Additional reporting by Jason Emerson.

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