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September 21, 2018

County, Town and School District Reach Tax Deal with Owners of Nine Mile Nukes

The Nine Mile One and Two nuclear plants. Image courtesy of and copyright Constellation Energy.

The Nine Mile One and Two nuclear plants. Image courtesy of and copyright Constellation Energy.

Two of Oswego County’s most valuable properties will soon have an actual value for taxpayers.

The Oswego County Legislature meets in special session Wednesday to hear the details of a tentative agreement with Constellation Nuclear for tax payments on the Nine Mile One and Two nuclear plants in Scriba.

After the closed-door briefing, legislators could choose to set a date for the end of this month to hold a public hearing and vote on the tax deal.

County Administrator Phil Church said that the agreement “is not detrimental to the taxpayers and is a far better agreement than the one that just expired.”  He would not reveal details of the agreement, saying that they will become public if the Legislature chooses to hold a public hearing and vote.

The deal covers Constellation’s property tax payments to the county, town of Scriba and the Oswego City School District.  All three groups are part of the tentative agreement, Church said.

The agreement that expired was not endorsed by the school district.  Its Board of Education voted against the agreement.

The county and town went forward with the agreement and received payments under the deal.

“I think everybody’s on the same page,” said Church of the school district’s support for the new agreement.  “I don’t anticipate any problems this time.”

School District Clerk Bill Foley had not heard about the tentative agreement and said Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist was traveling.  Scriba Supervisor Ken Burdick was out of the office Monday.

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group spokesperson Holly Smith said in an e-mail that the company will send representatives to Wednesday’s meeting and cannot comment until the agreement is finalized.

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