Ellis Bros building could see reduced tipping fees

By Kelly McCarthy

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two Broome County legislators will be submitting a resolution to waive half of all tipping fee costs for the Ellis Brothers building demolition.

Legislators Anthony Fiala (D-13) and Jason Garnar (D-14) said that is the incentive to keep the family-owned business operating in downtown Binghamton.

"To really help entice them to stay in the City of Binghamton," Fiala said, "hopefully rebuild or relocate maybe somewhere in the city, in the downtown court; I want to help them."

A tipping fee goes to the landfill to remove all the debris and rubble.

Since the demolition is not yet complete, it's still unknown how much the fee will actually cost, but Fiala expects it to be a lot.

Demolition of the Ellis Brothers Contemporary Furniture Store should be finished within the next few weeks.

One of the questions expected to be discussed before a vote is whether this proposal will set a precedent to assist all businesses damaged by fire.

"This is a standing, moving, operational company that has had a closed business for a few weeks," Fiala said. "Let's face it- they're hurt that way. No matter what, how long they close, if it's a day or two days, if it's locally-owned, family-owned, we need to step in."

This isn't the first time legislators have had to step in to reduce tipping fees.

During the 2011 flood, tipping fees were waived or reduced for residents and businesses in Binghamton.

Chairman of the Broome County Legislature Jerry Marinich said he has not seen the resolution yet, so can not comment on the proposal.

The resolution is expected to be brought into the finance committee next week. If it receives enough votes, the matter will be voted on during the next monthly meeting on June 19.