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Where We Live: Lancaster


The Lancaster Industrial Development Agency will vote Tuesday on a request for tax breaks from an auto parts manufacturer that plans to hire 50 people as part of a $2.9 million expansion of its Walden Avenue facility.

Jiffy-Tite Corp. had 130 employees at its 57,000-square-foot factory at 4437 Walden Ave. as of last fall, when company officials announced they would seek a variety of state incentives to help finance a planned $10 million, five-year expansion that could create 80 jobs.

Jiffy-Tite officials said in October they hadn’t yet decided whether to expand the company in Western New York, but the request to the Lancaster IDA indicates at least one piece of this larger expansion will take place in the town.

Jiffy-Tite, which is owned by Steve Zillig, and its Zillig Family LLC real-estate holding company are requesting a sales tax break, mortgage recording tax exemption and a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement on a $900,000 expansion of its factory and a sales tax break on $2 million in new equipment to be purchased as part of the expansion.

The $900,000 expansion of the factory includes a 1,700-square-foot mezzanine and a 5,000-square-foot addition.

A public hearing on the Jiffy-Tite project begins at 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave, with a vote on the tax-break request to follow.

Also this week:

• The Town Board will vote Monday on whether to approve the site plan for the Orville’s Home Appliances store planned for the corner of Transit Road and William Street.

The board also will vote on whether to accept the finding from an April 1 joint meeting of the Town Board and the town Planning Board that the new store wouldn’t harm the environment. The board meeting begins at 8 p.m. in Town Hall, preceded by a work session at 7.

• The School Board will vote on the draft 2013-14 district budget during a board meeting that begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the former Central Avenue Elementary School, 149 Central Ave.

The property tax rate would rise by 3.05 percent over the rate for the current school year, and the owner of a home in the town assessed at $100,000 would pay $49 more in property taxes next year.

Spending would rise by $3.2 million, or 3.5 percent, in the $94.72 million draft budget over the 2012-13 budget. The tax levy – the total amount to be collected in taxes – would rise by 3.96 percent.

• The town Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

• The Lancaster Public Library board of trustees meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in the community room of the library, 5466 Broadway.

• The village Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.