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Fulton Common Council Schedules Two Public Hearings

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Common Council has scheduled two public hearings to take place on November 15.

The first public hearing is in regards to a resolution to override the local tax levy cap.

“We have no intentions of raising the taxes over the cap, we do this every year. Most municipalities and counties do it,” Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. assured.

New York State leaders passed and enacted a tax relief law that caps the growth of local property taxes in 2011.

According to the NYS Senate website, “The law caps school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower.”

Mayor Woodward said because of the CPI, the limit is more like 0.6% rather than 2%.

He explained that for the past four or five years, the city has chosen to override the tax cap before the budget is submitted to the state comptroller’s office, as is every budget, to avoid a potential situation in which a mistake is made and the city’s money becomes encumbered and is unable to be used.

When the city does not have a tax increase outside of the tax levy limit, the common council then rescinds the resolution to override, as done in years past.

Woodward ensured there is no foresight of taxes being raised over the cap.

The public hearing is scheduled to take place at the next regular meeting of the Common Council on November 15, following the conclusion of the public comment period that begins at 7 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers in the Fulton Municipal Building located at 141 S. First St.

Directly after that public hearing, a second public hearing will be held considering a proposal to amend local law regarding storage of over-sized recreational vehicles.

Following current law, over sized recreational vehicles, such as a boat, may only be stored in the side or back yard of the property.

The council is looking to address this law, with intent to allow over sized recreational vehicles to be stored in driveways as well.

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  1. I think it’s a fair assessment to say few people in Fulton can afford oversized recreational vehicles like motorhomes and what not. I also think it’s a bad idea to amend local ordinance to allow such vehicles to be parked permanently in one’s driveway. As you can imagine, if you can’t afford to put gas in it it’s not going to go anywhere and pretty soon it becomes a paperweight and then I saw her sitting in your driveway for years on end. At least if it’s sitting in the side or backyard, it’s relatively out of sight. If you want to junk up your backyard that’s your business. When the neighborhood gets junked up because of your Rusty RV sitting in the driveway from 1980, then we have a problem.

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