Minerva considers keeping share of sales tax

— During their regularly scheduled meeting on April 4, Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey asked the Town Board to consider passing a resolution authorizing Minerva to request that its share of the sales tax collected by Essex County be returned to the town.

Historically, Minerva is one of three towns that each year has left its share of the sales tax revenue with the county. When left with Essex County, the funds are applied to sales tax owed by the towns to the county. However, Corey said the funds would give the town more flexibility and options in addressing its needs.

“In an era of the 2 percent tax cap, every dollar of revenue matters,” Corey said.

She noted that while the amount of revenue varies from year to year, it is still a significant amount of potential revenue for the town. The amount of sales tax over the past few years has been:

•2010 – $48,543.47

•2011 – $50,899.56

•2012 – $53,512.35

The projected sales tax for 2013 is projected to be $54,416.85.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the impact of the sales tax dollars will be greater and more beneficial for the town’s budget than for the county’s,” Corey said.

The Minerva Town Board is still considering the issue.

Other business

Corey told the Town Board that the chairman of the county’s Snowmobile Subcommittee, Newcomb Town Supervisor George Canon, has scheduled a meeting for April 18 to discuss the county’s trail system. She said she hopes to increase trail connections between the towns of Newcomb, North Hudson and Minerva.

The County Office of Aging in collaboration with the Adirondack Community Action Program (ACAP) has purchased a new stove for the meal site in the town hall.

Essex County has appointed Juliann Beatty as the new Probation Director. She is replacing Scott McDonald.

The town received its 2013 Assessment Notification, which indicates the Assessed Value (AV) for each property own by the Town. The AV for 2013 are as follows:

•Town Hall – $333,800

•Shore Way .5 acre – $27,300

•Founders Park – $6,000

•Water-Ridge Road 1.1 acres – $78,700

•Water-Ridge Road 1 acre – $46,400

•Water-Church Street 25.38 acres – $204,200

•Brannon Field – $36,400

•Highway/Parks – $1,027,300

•Donnelly Road 1.29 acres – $5,000

•Olmstedville Dam Park – $138,900

•Courtney Park – $19,400

•Healey Road – $61,600

•Transfer Station – $73,800

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