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Legislature OKs fund distribution

The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday approved a first-quarter payment of $276,000 in mortgage tax receipts to be distributed among the City of Batavia, seven villages and 13 towns.

The city gets the largest amount -- $54,600 -- of the one-quarter of 1 percent tax added to the county's levy on mortgage filings. The Town of Batavia will receive more than $47,000, and the Village and Town of Le Roy will share about $37,000. A small part of the Village of Attica in neighboring Wyoming County is also included with a $285 share.

The tax is down due to a sluggish real estate market. The first payment, in 2008, was more than $300,000. In 2009 and 2010, it dropped to about $220,000 before recovering a bit this year.

The Legislature also accepted two state grants. The Drinking Water Enhancement Program will get $87,362, and a Tobacco Enforcement program was awarded $30,873.

In other business, the Legislature:

*Renewed a one-year contract with Mercy Flight for air medical transfer service. The $14,500 allocation is the same as last year. Mercy Flight, which houses its new Bell 429 helicopter at the county airport, made 99 local transfers last year.

*Awarded a $6,214 appropriation to the Genesee County Agricultural Society to fund 4-H competitions at the County Fair.

*Appointed William R. Joyce of East Pembroke as director of the county's Veterans Service Agency. Hal Kreter is retiring from the post in August. Joyce is an Army veteran and reservist with a rank of sergeant major.