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March 17, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 11

posticon Village of Lansing Taxes To Rise

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Village of Lansing

In a preliminary look at the Village of Lansing budget for the next fiscal year, Trustees overrode the tax cap in preparation for an estimated rise in its tax rate by 20 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value.  Mayor Donald Hartill told Village Trustees that major capital projects have spent down reserves to what will be unsustainable levels if an upward adjustment in property taxes is not implemented.

"We're spending down our capital reserve funds at a rate that is not sustainable over the long haul," Hartill said.  "As a result I am proposing to increase the tax rate from $1.10 to $1.30 to partially offset that.  In fairness, we've had several big projects in the last couple of years -- a new garage, the Village Hall, redoing Triphammer Road... this past year we made a fair amount of progress on Northwood Road... Bush Lane... several big projects."

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Lansing Bicentennial MinuteA game played during recess at the one room schoolhouse was, 'Anty Over'. The children would get on either side of the building and throw a ball over the roof. They would call, "Anty over!" when they threw the ball. If it was caught on the other side that side scored a point.
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posticon School Levy To Rise About A Half Million Dollars

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School Budget

The Lansing Board Of Education received an update Monday on its $29,220,000 2017-18 budget.  Business Administrator Mary June King said that current estimates show a property tax levy increase of about $493,570 (2.87%).  That will keep the $17,656,022 levy barely below the state-imposed tax cap.  King said that under-spending this year's budget will provide funds needed to fund next year's budget beyond the levy amount allowed under the tax cap.

"I am projecting that we will be appropriating $530,000 to make the budget.  That's because we are limited with the levy.  We are at least that good in our operations this year.  My assumption is we will appropriate to the tax cap -- we will go as far as we can with the allowable tax cap.  Our budget is going to be $29,220,000.  I'm hoping to bring that down a bit."

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Lansing Supervisor on Facebook

In 2008 then Deputy Mayor Larry Fresinski tried a social experiment.  He created a Facebook page for the Village of Lansing on the theory that the government would get more input from citizens if it went to where they were hanging out, rather than waiting for them to come to Village trustee meetings.  Fresinski may have been ahead of his time.  The page was only moderately successful, and was not maintained by the Village after he moved away.  This February Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne tool a less structured approach using the same idea, and so far he has been getting a lot of traction from it.

LaVigne simply posted, "Share with me your town's concerns.  I embrace diverse opinions."  The post garnered 96 replies and 39 'likes'.  A number of people expressed concern about state and county rods that traverse the town.  There were questions about how boat slips are allotted in the town marina.  There was talk about attracting business to Lansing and the sorts of businesses people find attractive.  Internet access and competition for Time Warner cable was suggested.  Only one respondent posted with a markedly negative attitude, but LaVigne says that even those posts made the thread a success.

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