Liberty votes in ‘casino’ zoning, gets grant
The sewer district serves only 150 residents who would have been responsible for the cost of the upgrade, estimated at $1.6 million. Because the town was able to secure the Community Development Block Grant through New York State, the cost of the upgrade will now be funded by grants rather than coming from the residents’ pockets.
Reporting on other business, Barbuti announced that since the state issued the 2% tax cap in 2011, the Town of Liberty has never gone over it. “We’ve been under it by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and we never had to pass a rule to exceed the cap because we are fiscally responsible for bringing in budgets under the 2% limit. This year we were closer because it’s not 2%. It’s 1.6% this year. They told us 2% or the cost of living, whichever is less,” said Barbuti. “This year it’s less.”
The final Town of Liberty board meeting for 2013, to wrap up financial matters and to say goodbye to Maurice Gerry, retiring after 20 years as a Town of Liberty councilman, will be on Friday, December 27 at 4 p.m. at the town hall.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege for me,” said a tearful Gerry, “and especially thanks to the voters for 20 years. I’m very grateful for that. I hope that I’ve done some good. Thank you very much.”