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Town of Seneca survey deadline on landfill future is July 22

Town of Seneca residents are being asked to fill out surveys on the future of the Ontario County landfill by July 22.

No consensus emerges from information sessions

The Finger Lakes Times reports the survey comes on the heels of public information sessions last month at the town’s three fire stations. Over a dozen residents spoke at one of the sessions, but there was no real consensus on the landfill’s future. The landfill, operated by Casella Waste Systems has an operating permit that expires in 2028. It has been assumed the facility would close at that time, but town officials recently announced they would seek public input as to whether the landfill should close in 2028 or expand onto 40 acres of town land south of the current landfill.

Residents can complete a survey online or get one at the town offices at 3675 Flint Road.

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Casella payments mean a lower tax burden

Under its operating agreement, Casella pays the town $1.7 million to $2 million per year, and the county $2 million to $2.5 million. Thanks to the payment to the town, the town charges no town property tax.

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