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Horicon expands tax exemption for elderly

— The town of Horicon has voted to give low-income senior citizens expanded opportunity to receive a break on their property taxes.

At their June town board meeting, they voted to increase the annual household income level for eligibility up to $24,000 for granting a tax reduction of up to 50 percent on local property taxes. Those earning from $24,001 to $32,400 may seek discounts of 45 percent to 5 percent, based on a sliding scale.

Horicon’s new eligibility levels are now in accordance with the new guidelines set in April by Warren County.

In other business, the Horicon Town Board:

•Voted to purchase a secure server at a cost of $5,800 to backup the town’s computer memory;

•Heard that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a grant application to pay for restoration of Alder Brook Road after last summer’s washouts;

•Approved expanding the capability of the the town website – which is now under reconstruction – to allow more web pages to be published at an additional cost of $10 per month;

• Expressed appreciation to Curtis Lumber for their donation of lumber to build picnic tables for the newly-completed pavilion next to the ballfield and tennis courts in the hamlet of Adirondack;

•Appointed two new part-time landfill helpers;

•Authorized signing a contract with “Iscream!” to provide a rock-climbing wall, at a cost of $$450, for Horicon Day;

•Okayed obtaining a dunking booth from the Johnsburg Volunteer Fire Co. to be used at Horicon Day;

•Approved repainting of a faded town sign on East Shore Road that welcomes motorists to the town of Adirondack;

•Voted to increase the cost of cemetery corner markers from $125 to $150 due to a cost increase from the manufacturer; and

•Drafted a notice to town citizens that prohibits placing benches or in-ground plantings. The memo also asked families of the deceased to keep their floral displays fresh looking, and remove artificial flowers this fall.

The next meeting of the Horicon Town Board is scheduled for Thursday July 19.

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