taxes

The budget crisis that embroiled the Voorheesville Central School District last year appears at the moment to be solved, after the district increased its monthly prescription-drug premiums.

County Executive Daniel McCoy

At $733 million, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy’s proposed budget for 2020 has increased about 2.9 percent from this year.

New Scotland is looking at a tentative $8.2 million budget for 2020, which is down slightly from this year. 

David Fusco of Colonial Car Wash says modern car-wash technology, which conserves and reclaims water, is already available in Guilderland, at his car wash. David and Sandra Hameroff claimed, in their application for tax breaks, they were entitled to a tax break in part because no such environmentally-friendly technology existed in town.

The owner of the rent-regulated apartment complex Omni Senior Living on Carman Road wants to sell, but the state and the new lender are both requiring the term of its PILOT agreements be extended before it will approve the sale. 

Pyramid, which owns Crossgates Mall, did not file any grievances this year. But Macy’s, which owns its store located in Crossgates, is arguing in court that its $16 million assessment should be reduced to no more than $5 million.

The three elected assessors — who were all in favor of the change — will leave their posts at the end of the year, after which a single appointed person will serve as town assessor.

Guilderland’s assessor planned for two boards to listen to grievance complaints for two days but concluded, after it was over, she should have used three boards for three days.

Justin Maxwell

Justin Maxwell had been a college basketball coach when he decided he wanted a career change after helping his uncle in his job as an assessor one summer.

At last week’s school board meeting, Superintendent Timothy Mundell said that bids were over the project budget’s target of $15.8 million.

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