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Hearing on IDA PILOT for Deer Haven Park set for Jan. 23

A public hearing related to Deer Haven Park’s hope of getting a PILOT agreement from the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has been set.

It will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the John and Josephine Ingle Welcome Center for Seneca White Deer at 5479 Route 96A.

The IDA voted unanimously Jan. 3 to approve Deer Haven Park owner Earl Martin’s application for a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for the 2,735 acres he owns in the town of Varick portion of the former Seneca Army Depot. Martin pay $20,000 annually in lieu of property taxes for three years. That payment would be divided among Seneca County, the town of Varick and the Romulus school district.

Martin told the IDA he plans to construct a bus shelter, expand the restroom facilities at the Welcome Center, build hiking trails, and install enhanced landscaping. Martin allows Seneca White Deer to conduct guided bus tours of the property known for its rare herd of white deer and other wildlife, as well as various military history sites.

After three years, Martin would pay property taxes based on whatever assessment is placed on the property by the town assessor.

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