Seneca County IDA approves PILOT agreement for former Hillside property

On Thursday the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency approved a resolution for a one-year PILOT agreement with Earl Martin.

The payment in lieu of taxes covers the purchase of the former Hillside Children’s Center property in Romulus.

Tom Kime spoke with Finger Lakes News Radio noting that despite some of the public opposition to the sale – even that from the Board of Supervisors – the Hillside property was a liability to the IDA.




“If we don’t get this moved and sold we’re going to have winterization issues, freezing, and all kinds of other problems this winter,” he explained to FLNR. “I’m not sure what the other people want us to do.”

The agreement that was approved means that Martin will pay approximately $10,000 that would be shared with Seneca County, the Town of Varick, and the Romulus Central School District.

Martin was the only bidder on the property after it was placed up for sale in the spring. His winning bid was for $65,000, which was significantly below the property’s assessed value.


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