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April 29, 2013

Tupper holds final forum on fire/police station

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Grant funds would be awarded likely by mid July, Foran said.

Tupper Lake Village taxpayers with real property assessed at $100,000 would pay $34 per year. 

For taxpayers with $50,000 assessed value, the cost would be $17 per year.

NONE DISPUTED NEED 

Town of Tupper Lake taxpayers in the Tupper Lake Fire Protection District would see an increase in yearly taxes of $18 to $22 per $100,000 real property, Foran said.

But because the village manages fire and police departments, town voters cannot weigh in.

“What would happen if the Town of Tupper Lake ever decided not to share in the village fire contract?” Day asked.

Foran said, in his experience, fire contracts between towns and the villages inside them are renewed routinely.

“There’s not a town in New York state that doesn’t have fire protection,” Foran said.

And the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department draws its team of firefighters from both village and town residents.

“Shouldn’t you have that figured out between the town and the village before we go to referendum?” Day asked.

“In a perfect world, we would have a long-term agreement (between the town and village),” Foran said.

No one in the room debated the need for new fire and police quarters.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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TUPPER LAKE REFERENDUM

From noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, voters will weigh in on whether the village should borrow $3.2 million for an emergency services building.

The vote will take place in the basement of the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library at 41 Lake Street.

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