OSWEGO, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Oswego County Legislature approved amending Local Law No. 4 of 2001.
Legislators also set a public hearing on the proposed changed.
The county, as well as the town of Scriba and the Oswego City School District, are negotiating with Entergy and Constellation regarding the tax status of the nuclear power plants.
In 2001, the local law granted nuclear power electric generating facilities in Oswego County exemptions from taxation, special ad valorem levies and special assignments until 2016, according to Phil Church, county administrator.
“The amendment would change those exemptions so that they would expire with the current tax agreement, rather than 2016,” Legislator Jack Proud said as he offered the resolution for consideration by the legislature. “This will change that window from 2016 to 2010. It preserves (the taxing jurisdictions’) option of placing the facilities back on the tax rolls if we so deem it necessary, if a new fair tax agreement can’t be reached.”
The town of Scriba and the Mexico School District also adopted exemptions in 2001 and are taking similar actions this month to expire those exemptions with the current tax agreement, Church added.
The resolution was approved unanimously with the legislators employed by those corporations abstaining from the vote.
The public hearing will be Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers.
Hearing Planned On Raises
The county will conduct a public hearing at 2 p.m. March 11 in the Legislative Chambers regarding salary increases for three officials.
The raises would hike the pay of the county clerk, treasurer and sheriff.
The salary for the clerk and treasurer would increase three percent (73,995 to $76,215).
The increase for the sheriff would be four percent ($81,284 to $84,536).
The salary adjustments, if approved, would be retroactive to Jan. 1.