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Town hears presentation from Mid-County, mulls property tax legislation

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Updated: 11:13 PM


C-S-E Editor

MINDEN -- During last Thursday's town of Minden meeting, Brian Harrington, of Mid County Volunteer Ambulance Corps, made a presentation to the town council. After being approached by GAVAC/SAVAC with a request that they be named first emergency responder for the town, the Minden Town Council gave Mid-County the opportunity to speak prior to making a determination.

Harrington said that Mid-County has also presented information to the town and village of Palatine Bridge and the village of Nelliston. He commented, "I know that GAVAC is trying to take over the county," commenting that Mid-County -- with 22 staff and 3 ambulances — should have narcotics in their rigs prior to the end of May. He also stated, "Our response time is no worse than anybody else's."

The Minden Town Council will make a decision regarding who will be named first emergency responder tonight, Thursday, April 24, during a special meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Minden Assessor Robert Harris approached the town council with information he also supplied to the village of Fort Plain last week during their regular meeting, stating that a piece of legislation — the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County Assessment Relief Act — was passed as part of the governor's adoption of the New York State budget. It will allow taxing jurisdictions to provide tax relief to property owners suffering flood damage.

The legislation has to be adopted by each taxing jurisdiction, each of which has a choice regarding what level they want to opt in at, potentially encompassing flood-effected properties suffering anywhere from ten to fifty percent damage.

Each taxing jurisdiction has until May 15 to officially decide whether they want to opt in, and at what level. Since the town and village attorney John Kirkpatrick was on vacation, both the village and town boards held off on making a decision until they could confer with him.

The regular town of Minden meeting will take place May 12 at 5:30 p.m., at which point a decision will be made.

To qualify for tax relief, each property owner must fill out an application, which can be obtained from Harris or the Office of Real Property website. The documentation, which will include the extent of damage, will then be turned in to Harris, who will fill out a letter of determination to send to the county for further processing.

Applications need to be submitted to Harris by June 30.

Highway Superintendent Scott Crewell said that he and Supervisor Cheryl Reese are working on reviewing options regarding the town building's energy efficiency. As a result, Crewell secured a deal to lower the insurance to 5.9 cents per kilowatt, half of what they were paying previously.

Also looking to cut heating costs, Crewell has inquired with National Grid about whether it's feasible for them to extend their natural gas line, which ends at the town municipal property, to the municipal facility. National Grid will soon survey the property to see if it's an option.


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