Grant for School Solar Array Approved

Oct172014

Grant for School Solar Array Approved

 

solarLansing Central School District Business Administrator Mary June King told the Board Of Education Tuesday that a New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) grant for an approximately 2 megawatt solar array has been approved.  The grant will go to Dynamic Energy to construct an approximately 6,000 panel array.  The school district will buy the power from Dynamic Energy, saving an estimated $45,000 in the first year.

"We're very excited about this," King said.  "I'll have several meetings about this in the next several weeks as we negotiate the power purchase agreement, determine which plot of land we can put this array on, etcetera.  Everyone is excited about it."

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Is Qualifying For Property Tax Rebates Worth It?

Oct172014
townhall 120New York State has instituted a rebate to property taxpayers that theoretically makes up for the difference between last year's school tax and this year's.  But the plan is complicated and requires local taxing authorities to not only keep below the so-called 2% tax cap, but to document and meet other requirements.  At a joint Town Board and Board of Education meeting Wednesday, former lansing Town Councilwoman Connie Wilcox told the Town Board that the Town could end up spending more to qualify its taxpayers for the checks than the rebate is worth.

"To me it makes no sense to put the time, effort and resources into coming up with these figures when you look at what the possible payback to taxpayers will be," Wilcox said.  "The majority of people in this town would rather see town resources put to better use than to deal with this ridiculousness that will probably not net the taxpayer a significant amount.  I urge you to follow suit with the Village of Lansing and the City of Ithaca, and not move forward with this futile exercise."

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Cornell To Increase TCAT Payment by $1.125M

Oct172014

Cornell To Increase TCAT Payment by $1.125M

 

tcat 2014 120TCAT announced Tuesday that Cornell University has committed to increase its fare payment to TCAT, Inc. for the next three years by a total of $1,125,000.
 
At present, Cornell pays nearly $2.6 million each year via a volume discount plan for passes added to ID cards for students, employees and retirees either via discounts offered by the university or free for first‑year students or other members of the Cornell community. As an example, all registered students can ride free after 6 p.m. and on weekends simply by using their IDs at the farebox.  Cornell IDs, used as bus passes in 2013, accounted for 71.4 percent of all of TCAT's ridership.

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Energy Issues Dominate Legislature Committee Discussion

Oct172014
senecalakesouthendThe Legislature’s Planning, Energy, and Environmental Quality Committee focused on the issue of energy in much of its deliberations today.

The committee, without dissent, recommended that the Legislature formally oppose underground hydrocarbon storage adjacent to Seneca Lake.  Considering the matter in response to a request to Legislature Chair Mike Lane from retired healthcare executive Dr. Rob Mackenzie, who resides in the Schuyler County Town of Hector, the resolution, to go before the full Legislature November 6, joins other municipalities in respectfully requesting that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation withhold or rescind approval of any plan for gas storage adjacent to Seneca Lake.

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Legislators Recommend Changes to Administrator’s Budget

Oct172014
tc seal120Six weeks after receiving a recommended 2015 County Budget from County Administrator Joe Mareane, Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee have begun to recommend changes to the budget—all of Tuesday’s proposed amendments adding to the Administrator’s budget.
 
Before deliberations began, Administrator Mareane informed Legislators of an artificial increase in calculation of the County’s tax cap for 2015, from reconciliation of the sales tax credit that goes to five towns.  Although the cap calculation increases about half-a-point—from 2.65% to 3.14%--the calculated cap would decrease by that amount in 2016, and the Administrator advised that 2.65% continue as the benchmark used for the coming year, with the resulting carryover then used to offset the artificial decline in 2016.

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