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Tax-exemption request put on hold

Hanover Supervisor Todd Johnson said the Town Board will hold off on its decision to make the Village of Silver Creek's Department of Public Works building tax-exempt. The discussion took place Monday at the regular meeting of the board held in Town Hall.

Village crews moved into the former George Bentges Warehouse building on Routes 5 and 20 outside of the village limits when their old facility was destroyed in the August 2009 flood. After several months of controversy, the village purchased the building, which it had been renting since shortly after the flood.

Village officials asked that the property be considered exempt from taxes, but Town Board members decided to hold off on any decision until the Silver Creek Board of Education makes its call on the taxable status.

Additionally, town officials took no action on raising the income limit by $1,000 for the tax break for people who are disabled. The income limit is set at $16,000, which would allow a person who is disabled to receive 50 percent off their property taxes if their earnings are below that threshold.

The town currently has an income limit of $20,000 for senior citizens to receive a 50 percent tax exemption.

Johnson said the Town Board will wait until it finds out about the economic impact of raising the income limit.

Both matters are expected to be on the board's Feb. 13 agenda. That meeting also is expected to include further discussion on the possibility of changing the public parking area at Allegheny Road in Sunset Bay near the town's beach.