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The Town Offices will be closed on Monday, January 17th for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
The City of Saratoga Springs Council voted 3 to 2 on December 14th not to forward the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to the DEC and to go no further at this time with regards to using Saratoga Lake as a source of drinking water. They then voted 3 to 2 to pursue the Saratoga County Water Plan for their supplemental water source. This is excellent news for all of the Town of Saratoga residents and is the result of a tremendous amount of work conducted by members of SLA and SLIPID. The Saratoga Lake Association conducted a very successful Holiday Mixer on Saturday, December 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It provided all members an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better. The official website of the Saratoga Lake Association is www.saratogalake.org.
Schuylerville-Victory Water Board News
Construction of the new water treatment plant has stopped for the winter and will resume in the spring. It is hoped that the new water treatment plant will be completed by August, 2005. The next water workshop will be held in Victory on January 11th at 6:00 p.m. and the next water board meeting will be held in Victory on January 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Town Tax Collector
Town Tax Collector Joyce Shaver recently mailed tax notices to all property owners in the town. Residents may pay their taxes in person at the town hall or mail them to the tax collector. During January, Joyce will collect taxes at the Town Hall in the Conference Room on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. During February and March, Joyce will be in the Town Hall Conference Room on Monday's only from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Taxes may be mailed to Joyce at anytime. If you have any questions for Joyce call her at 695-3644 X 18.
Town Assessor Catherine DeFelice reminds all residents that will be 65 years old before March 1st that they may be eligible for school tax relief programs. The first program is the Senior Exemption program and is for residents that live in either the Schuylerville or Saratoga Springs school district. Under this program if your income is less than $32,399.99, you may be eligible for a reduction in property assessment. The maximum assessment reduction is 50% for an income of $24,000 or less and decreases in 5% increments down to a minimum of 5% assessment reduction for an income of $32,399.99. Property ownership, occupancy status, and residency are additional eligibility factors considered for this program. Applications for this program must be submitted by March 1st. A second school tax relief program called Enhanced Star provides for a reduction of up to $50,000 of assessed value for residents age 65 or over in 2005 with an annual income of $64,650 or less. A third school tax relief program called Basic Star is available for all residents irregardless of income level. This program provides for a reduction of $30,000 of assessed property value. Residents already signed up for this program do not need to do so again. If you are eligible for any of the programs, please contact Catherine DeFelice at 695-4034 for more information.