UPDATE: Special meeting to happen Thursday on possible reversal of tax increase in Seneca Falls

At a special meeting on Friday the Seneca Falls Town Board voted 3-2 to adopt a budget for the year 2021.

Heading into the session the Board had agreed to use $1.8 million of the anticipated $3 million it may receive from the Seneca Meadows Landfill to offset the levy.

That would have allowed the tax rate to remain flat – or at approximately $10.39 per $1,000 of assessed value. The additional landfill revenue would be used for infrastructure projects.

However, in the closing moments of debate on the budget – a motion was made to only use $999,750 to offset operation.

It meant an increase of approximately 9-10%, which was supported by the three Democrats on the Board. Doug Avery, Steve Churchill, and David DeLelys voted in favor of the amended budget. Republicans Mike Ferrara and Dawn Dyson were opposed.

However, a report on Tuesday by the Finger Lakes Times indicated that one of the three individuals who voted in favor of the 2021 budget had second thoughts.

DeLelys said he has had second thoughts about his vote and has asked for a special board meeting to revisit the issue, according to the Times. A special meeting was scheduled for Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

They reported that Supervisor Mike Ferrara said DeLelys requested the special meeting to change his vote. If that happens, it could mean a change to the tentative budget – and a rollback to the earlier plan to level of a prospective tax increase.


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