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Village raises minimum income levels for senior tax exemption

— Wheeler gave a brief explanation of the proposed law and said the annual income requirement for the exemption is determined by who is listed on the property title. The board then voted unanimously to approve the new local law amending the senior tax exemption rates.

Anyone interested in applying for the tax exemption must do so by state deadline of March 1. To apply, contact Cazenovia Assessor Bran Fitts at 655-5637 or via email at cazassessor@twcny.rr.com. His office hours at 7 Albany St. are 9 a.m. to 4p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tax exemption forms can be found online at villageofcazenovia.com/assessor.

Also at the meeting the board:

—Approved a request to put a sign on the Lakeland Park fence encouraging people to vote for Cazenovia in the Budget Travel “Coolest Small Towns in America” contest. They also waived the typical 10-day limit for signs on the fence, allowing the sign to remain up until the contest ends on Feb. 25.

—Scheduled its first two 2014 budget workshops for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, both at the village offices.

—Heard from Trustee and Police Commissioner Amy Mann and from Police Chief Michael Hayes that they have been interviewing candidates to fill the full-time officer positions currently vacant in the department. The board also unanimously approved the hiring of David Henessey as a new part-time officer.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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