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Seneca Falls TB can’t decide what to do with landfill revenue, as tax levy increase of 43% looms

This week the Seneca Falls Town Board decided to delay a final decision on what it would do with landfill revenue in the 2021 budget.

The board couldn’t make a final decision on what to do with revenue from the Seneca Meadows Landfill.

The landfill’s operation has been a point of controversy over the last several years.

Last year, the board opted to use $1.4 million of the $3 million annual projection to offset costs associated with highway and parks. The remainder was used to fund infrastructure projects in water and sewer.


The tentative budget does not include any revenue from the landfill. Without it, the tax levy is projected to rise 43%, even though the budget shows a 7.5% decrease in spending, according to the Finger Lakes Times.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that state aid will decline next year.

“We went through a few departments and talked about landfill revenue. We have to make a decision by Monday because I have to have a preliminary budget ready for a public hearing on Nov. 5,” Supervisor Mike Ferrara told the Times.

“We did not, however, decide how to apply the projected landfill revenue to the 2021 budget,” Councilmember Doug Avery added. “We know that we will have to address it at our final workshop on Monday. By that time, we will have addressed the entire expenditure side of the budget.”


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