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>Legislators to consider eliminating heating tax

MAYVILLE -- A resolution to phase out the county's home heating fuel tax will be on the agenda of the Chautauqua County Legislature when it meets Wednesday.

A revised version of the proposal was approved Thursday by the Legislature's Audit and Control Committee in a 3-2 party-line vote. Chairman Joe Trusso said majority Democrats supported the immediate cut of a quarter of a percent, then a 2 percent cut effective Dec. 1 and the elimination of the remaining 2 percent by Dec. 1, 2007.

Legislature Majority Leader Chuck Cornell made the compromise proposal, saying lawmakers who felt cutting the tax all at once would hurt the county's bottom line.


>Chamber to present annual awards March 11

BATAVIA -- The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has announced its annual business and individual awards that will be presented at a dinner March 11 at the Batavia Holiday Inn.

Named agriculture business of the year is Stephen J. Starowitz Farm, Byron. Business of the year is Ken Barrett Chevrolet/Cadillac, Batavia. An innovative enterprise honor goes to Cummings and Bricker, farm equipment dealers in Batavia. A special service recognition will be awarded to Literacy Genesee County of Batavia, and an entrepreneurial award honors Edward Arnold Scrap Processors of Corfu.

Chosen as Geneseeans of the year are Tim and Linda Richter for their work at the Crossroads House and with the Richter Family Foundation, which provides free books for prekindergarten children in the Oakfield-Alabama School District.


>Reassessment notices will be mailed March 1

JAMESTOWN -- Officials with the city's reassessment project are set to begin mailing out final notices to owners of the city's more than 15,000 land parcels.

Assessor Randy Holcomb said the mailing, which will be sent March 1, will include the current assessment at 30 percent market value, and the new figure at 100 percent value.

Holcomb said if people disagree with their assessments, they can meet with officials from his office, or GAR Associates, which headed the project, at the Prendergast Library starting March 7.

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