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County continues additional mortgage tax

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County’s additional tax on mortgages is going to continue.

During the recent county legislature meeting, county lawmakers voted in favor of a local law to add an additional 25 cents on every $100 of a mortgage on real property situated within Chautauqua County.

During the full legislature meeting, no one spoke about the legislation. During earlier committee meetings, county attorney Stephen Abdella said they’ve had this additional mortgage taxes in place for several years. It has to be renewed every two to three years.

The local law was unanimously adopted.

In other business:

¯ John Churchill of Ashville was appointed to the Airport Commission.

¯ The legislature approved an agreement to provide court security in the town of Sheridan on an as-needed basis. Sheridan will pay $33.82 an hour at a cost not to exceed $500 a year. The town has its own court security but asked the agreement to be in place in case they need substitutes.

¯ The legislature approved having school resource officers at Pine Valley and Frewsburg Central schools for the 2022-23 school year at a cost of $84,040 per school. The school districts are responsible for the costs. The county also has school resource officers at Silver Creek, Brocton, Forestville, as well as Erie 2 BOCES Maple Avenue campus in Cassadaga and a second one that splits time between Ashville and Fredonia. There are other schools that have SROs through their local police departments.

¯ The county has scheduled a public hearing for Sept 28 at 6:35 p.m. during the next legislature meeting at the legislative chambers in Mayville. The public hearing is required before the county can apply for a Restore New York grant with the Empire State Development. If successful, the money would be used to support the renovation of the White Inn in Fredonia.

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