Weekly Feature

2016-05-26 / Front Page

Tax bills change for Depew residents

by JULIE HALM Editor

Residents of the Village of Depew will see a change in their tax rate for the better.

According to a resolution passed by the Depew Village Board Monday evening, officials were recently made aware that the Town of Lancaster will have an equalization rate of 98 percent for the coming year, rather than the anticipated 100 percent.

As a result, the tax rate for those on the Lancaster side will decrease from approximately $12.36 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $12.27. Likewise, in Cheektowaga, the rate per $1,000 will drop from $12.11 to $12.02.

According to Village Administrator Maureen Jerackas, the tax bills with this adjustment will be mailed to residents at the end of the month.

While the taxes are going in a convenient direction, resident Frank Maddock voiced concern about the progress of Como Lake and the park during a work session prior to Monday night’s meeting.

Maddock, who has been involved with efforts to improve the lake and park, specifically with the hope of dredging the body of water, asked the Village of Depew to write a letter to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz about the issue.

Maddock said he hopes if the Village of Depew as well as the Village and Town of Lancaster invite the executive to see the lake in person, action might be taken more rapidly.

“It’s getting drier and drier every day,” said Maddock of the lake.

According to the resident, the Town of Lancaster has already sent such a letter and he intended to ask the Village of Lancaster to do the same shortly after speaking to Village of Depew officials.

One of the primary issues, according to Maddock, is that maintenance and improvement of the lake on this scale has not been included in the county’s budget in the past, and therefore action on the matter is perpetually stalled.

While the village did not take any action on that matter, it did authorize Mayor Jesse Nikonowicz, as well as department heads, to sign an agreement with Scott Danahy Naylon Co. and WNY Insurance Agency for multiple insurance programs.

According to the resolution, the agreement includes Village of Depew comprehensive coverage, Depew Fire Department comprehensive coverage policies and workers’ compensation insurance.

The agencies approached the village with unsolicited quotes on the services, and the village then sought additional quotes. During that time, representatives from the companies have presented details of the coverage on multiple occasions.

According to Monday’s resolution, the approved deal is “...the lower quote, which also appears to have several areas of perceived better coverage for the Village and the Fire Department, was Britt, VFIS, and PERMA package through Scott Danahy Naylon Co. and WNY Insurance Agency.”

The next meeting of the Depew Village Board will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, at 85 Manitou St., Depew.

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