Village of North Syracuse may get some sales tax money back

— The village of North Syracuse may be able to recoup some of the money it lost when the county ended its sales tax sharing agreement two years ago.

At its Dec. 13 meeting, the village board passed a motion to apply for the 2013 Infrastructure Grant Request for Sales Tax Revenue from the county.

“In the past, we received sales tax revenue from the county,” said Mayor Mark Atkinson. “However the county, a couple years ago, decided not to share it with the villages anymore which had a tremendous impact. I think it was $1.2 million, approximately. However they did leave this one little way for us to recover some of our money. We put this package together showing how much money ... we spent working on infrastructure and maintenance like snow removal, fall trash pickup ... things of that nature.”

The amount the village can get back was capped this year at $544,000. The village has documented $639,000 in infrastructure and maintenance expenses. Last year the village received $435,000 back from the grant, Atkinson said.

In other business:

Pamela DiCarlo was officially appointed as the full time codes enforcement officer for the village of North Syracuse at the Dec. 13 village board meeting. DiCarlo has been serving as the village's part time codes enforcement officer for the last two and a half years. She will receive a salary of $40,000 annually and her new position will officially start Dec. 24.

The village is surplussing a 1991 10-wheel Volvo Dump truck and 1987 wood chipper.

“We are going to be taking some equipment to the county auction,” Atkinson said.

The chief of police, Michael Crowell, reported significant progress in developing a program to maintain the police car fleet by the DPW, rather than an outside mechanic. The idea was one brainstormed by Trustee Paul Linnertz at a meeting earlier this year.

“Just minor maintenance like brakes and oil,” Crowell said. “It looks like it looks like it's going to be a pretty significant cost savings.”

The chief also noted the police department has started a tips line. The tip address is tips@northsyracuseny.org. Citizens can use the address to report crimes or concerns to the department, anonymously if desired.

Finally, Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Roth reported the holiday parade as having gone very well with over 500 people attending.

“Thank you to everyone who participated and came out,” she said.

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