Important Taxpayer Vote In Candor

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 4, 2007 at 11:41 PM EDT

The Town of Candor and the School District team up.

They propose a joint project for a building to house a bus garage and the town highway department.

But as Action News reporter Erik Burling tells us, they won't equally share the cost or tax impact.

Both the Candor Highway Department and the school district's bus depot were built in the 1960's. Neither has been upgraded.

The town wants a new facility for it's highway department.

"The building now is in terrible shape. It's a metal building with a lot of deterioration on the bottom of it," said Candor Town Supervisor Terry Collins.

The school district says its bus garage is in need of a total overhaul.

"I'm concerned about worker safety in our bus garage. We have second story storage that does not have any kind of safety railing over it," said Candor Superintendent Jeff Kisloski.

The two are teaming up in an effort to make this concept for a new, combined garage.

It would cost 10.6 million dollars.

The school district will pay more than 6 million, mostly covered by state aid.

The impact on school property taxes... a penny per thousand.

The Town of Candor will pay 4 million.

But the impact on its taxpayers is significantly more.

A new facility at Delray Avenue means the town would pay 325-thousand dollars a year, for 20 years to lease space from the school.

Supervisor Terry Collins says that means a 36 percent tax increase over the next six years.

The project brings mixed reaction from those people who are sure to vote.

"That's a lot of money to go up in a year, and I'm very upset about it," said Kevin Houle of Candor.

"Sooner or later it's going to have to happen," said Mark Dyer of Candor.

The proposal includes an additional project.

If approved, a recreational facility for both the town and school would be built on this land next to the new garage.

Put another way, the tax increase for the Town of Candor amounts to about 6 percent a year for 6 years.

The vote is Wednesday, from Noon to 9 at the high school.

Only people in Candor Central School district can vote.

But, 90 percent of its students live in the Town of Candor.

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