Indian Lake School Board asks Town Board for budget understanding

— The Indian Lake Town Board’s March 11 meeting was capped off with a visit from Indian Lake Central School Board Vice President David Harrington.

Harrington addressed the Town Board and those in attendance at the meeting to outline the reductions in state aid to the school district and to Hamilton County schools.

For Indian Lake, the reductions represent $109,000 and Hamilton County is the only county in New York to see a negative level of state education funding, according to Harrington. This is expected to translate into a 7.3 percent increase in the school tax levy, representing an increase of $122 for a property assessed at $250,000. He said that though this may not seem like a huge dollar increase, many of our residents are retirees and living on fixed incomes, making any increase a potential hardship.

Primarily, Harrington wanted to communicate that this increase is not the fault of the Board of Education, and he was hoping that the community would understand the circumstances. Secondarily, he explained that there is still a chance that some funds could be replaced as we approach an approved state budget, but he and other BOE members have been visiting meetings in the community trying to rally support from residents to join in writing all our representatives in an effort to get this decrease partially or fully erased.

Harrington mentioned that there are pre-paid postcards available at the school office, and residents should feel free to come by and sign them and the rest of the mailing would be handled for them. Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce offered to have the postcards made available at the Chamber as well.

Other business

•In his Supervisor Comments, Brian Wells mentioned the fact that the cell service is indeed behind schedule, but there are numerous reports of service being available as tests are occurring. Recently, Wells sent an email to his contact at Verizon mentioning the recent catastrophic snowmobiling accident on Indian Lake and how this once again highlights the need for the service to be activated quickly and asking for a hard date for the “lighting “ of the tower. As of the board meeting, Supervisor Wells has received no acknowledgement of his email from his contact at Verizon. Wells also mentioned in passing that some interest has been received regarding the “market” building and that interest is indeed from someone experienced in running small markets.

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