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Fonda reps mulling state tax-cap override

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM


FONDA -- The village board will host a public hearing next month on whether or not it should override the state-imposed property tax cap.

The hearing is scheduled Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the village municipal building, 8 E. Main St. It's a prerequisite should the board decide to adopt the local law.

"If you don't have that local law then you can't override it, and your hands are tied," Clerk JoAnn Downing said. "It doesn't mean we're going to."

The budget still isn't set, and it won't be until February or March.

"We're just getting our ducks in a row," Downing said. "So we don't have to have a special meeting."

So far there are no large projects planned that would require the village to override the tax cap.

"It's a fail-safe," Downing said.

"This is just to comply with the requirements of the state," Mayor William Peeler said.

With workers compensation and retirement costs increasing, Peeler said they have to make sure they can substantiate the funding for those programs.

Sewer and water infrastructure improvements are two projects lined up this year, but Peeler doesn't anticipate them surpassing the cap.

"We're trying to obtain assistance in the form of grants and funded money rather than going to our tax dollars to do so," Peeler said.

However, Peeler assured that the village won't be using the taxpayers money for auxiliary purposes.

The village still needs to determine its priorities and decide how its going to be able to finance or fund them.

"It's a challenge," Peeler said.


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