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Chautauqua Legislature panel OKs reimbursing Dunkirk, Jamestown

MAYVILLE – An agreement to continue to reimburse the cites of Jamestown and Dunkirk for their unpaid property tax bills and try to collect or foreclose on the properties was approved by members of the County Legislature Administrative Services Committee on Monday in Mayville.

The committee members will sponsor the resolution on tax collection for the county’s two cities at the next meeting of the Legislature.

Steve Abdella, former county attorney and currently the interim county executive, was in support of the resolution. He said the approval of the three-year agreement is an extension of the past services between the county and city governments.

Abdella said the county would be willing to consider printing the tax bills for both cities but at this time they do not. He said it prints the bills for residents of the Dunkirk School District.

He said that perhaps in the future both cities would consider having the printing and mailing done by the county staff.

The agreement can be terminated with a six-month notice from either party. The county provides the tax collection services for other municipalities and school districts throughout the county and has added the two cities in the past few years.

Committee members also reviewed a policy on the purchase of secondhand equipment. Abdella said the instances are rare when used items are purchased.

The new policy has guidelines for prices and types of equipment that can be purchased without competitive bid.

The policy was approved to be included on the next agenda of the full Legislature.

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