DELAWARE – “Inevitable” is how the Town Supervisor for the Town of Delaware, Scott DuBois, described the expected incoming rise in taxes and health insurance costs as the town …
DELAWARE – “Inevitable” is how the Town Supervisor for the Town of Delaware, Scott DuBois, described the expected incoming rise in taxes and health insurance costs as the town revisits its budget due to an expected deficit of nearly $83,330 due to a recent reduction in the town’s largest taxpayer’s assessment – the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center.
The loss comes from the decision in a real estate tax certiorari case brought by the Villa Roma Resort against the Town. The presiding judge awarded the Villa Roma a 43 percent reduction in their assessment – from roughly $23 million to $10 million – after the resort’s recent tax grievance.
With the township currently charging $6.41 per $1,000 of assessed value for taxes, it will reduce the Villa Roma’s town tax payment by approximately $83,330.
“I have to cut [town expenses], how much I have to cut is the question,” DuBois said.
According to town officials, the budget is approximately $2.473 million of which $1.73 million needs to be raised by taxes.
DuBois said the town will also owe the Villa Roma approximately $500,000 refund from past year’s taxes.
DuBois told the Democrat that the tax increases will be seen by town residents in their January 1, 2023 tax bill, and that the town is still working on what the exact impacts and increases will be moving forward. It was mentioned that in addition to tax increases, the town may look into borrowing funds to cover the increasing expenses.
DuBois made note of the town’s additional struggles, including heating and fuel expenses.
“If there ever was a perfect storm, this is probably one of them…we’ll do our best,” DuBois said. “The numbers…are what they are, and money has to be raised one way or another to pay the bills.”
The Democrat reached out to the Villa Roma but did not recieve a response by press time.
A budget workshop is scheduled for October 12 at 5 p.m. located at the Town Hall, on 104 Main Street in Hortonville.
Local Laws Introduced
Two local laws were introduced Wednesday night.
Local Law #1 of 2022 is intended to override the 2 percent tax levy limit established by the General Municipal Law Section 3-c, and the other titled Local Law #2 of 2022 is intended to reduce the number of false alarms recorded from home alarm systems throughout the town.
Local Law #1 is intended to repeal the three percent tax cap put in place by former NYS Govorner Andrew Cuomo.
Public hearings on both local laws will take place on October 12, at 5:50 pm and 5:55 pm.
Staying on top of sound
As previously reported in the Sullivan County Democrat, hamlet of Callicoon-based wedding venue and eatery, Seminary Hill Cidery, have been pushing for a later start to quiet hours in the town, which has been met with resistance from a handful of residents and neighbors of the property.
In an attempt to ensure the current quiet hours are being monitored, Building Inspector James McElroy stated he will be measuring the noise levels with a sound meter over the next few weeks. The original quiet hours still stand at 9 p.m.
“If there is a violation, it will be enforced,” McElroy said.
Town Supervisor Scott DuBois acknowledged the number of residents in attendance who were present to discuss quiet hours once again, but denied any public comment on the subject, as the town is currently in works to satisfy the problem.
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