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SCRIBA ADOPTS 2019 TOWN BUDGET
The 2019 budget for the Town of Scriba was adopted by the Town Board on October 25, 2018, resulting in a 42% tax decrease from one year ago. The $3.6 million town budget results in a town-wide tax of $1.28 per thousand compared to $2.21 per thousand in 2018.
The reduction in town taxes was driven by continued uncertainty regarding the taxes to be received by Exelon, the owner of the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant, as well as an overriding need to provide residents with some real property tax relief.
“With uncertainty comes fiscal responsibility,” said Town Supervisor Rob Ramsey. “We continue to negotiate with Exelon on the appropriate amount of taxes they should be paying for FitzPatrick. Those negotiations, as well as a lawsuit filed by Exelon, will likely continue into 2019, and therefore I applaud the Town Board for taking a very cautious approach to this year’s budget as we look out for the interests of our 6,800 residents,” Ramsey added.
Exelon has filed a challenge to its real property tax assessment for the 838 MW nuclear facility, which the Town assessed at $550 million. Exelon claims the plant is worth $50 million, despite paying $110 million in 2016 for FitzPatrick in a distressed sale by Entergy, who previously announced in 2015 it was closing the plant. Exelon has reportedly invested over $300 million into the facility since taking ownership.
No salary increases for town employees, other than those contractually obligated to provide, and a reduction in spending contributed to the tax decrease. However, the Town Board committed to maintaining services for senior citizens, as well as the current road maintenance program for the nearly 48 miles of town roads. “I thank the department heads for their cooperation and understanding as we navigate through these uncertain times,” Ramsey said.
Town residents will receive their tax bills in January, in combination with the county taxes which will be set later year.
Sheriff Announces Arrest in Scriba Burglary Investigation
The Oswego County Sheriff's Office has been investigating several thefts from vehicles, as well as entry and theft from a home in the Town of Scriba. On 07/14/18 Drew M Pelkey 06/07/91 of Oswego NY was arrested and charged with Burglary 2nd, 2 counts of Grand Larceny 4th and 2 counts of Petit Larceny for his involvement in these incidents. Pelkey was arraigned in the T/Scriba Court and remanded to the Oswego County Jail on $10,000 cash $20,000 bond. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Oswego County Sheriff's Office at 315-349-3411.
The Town of Scriba wishes to acknowledge the Scriba Community Watch program for their due diligence with providing continuous updated photos and videos of this incident.
REMINDER: if you see any suspicious activity please call your Local Law Enforcement or 911.