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More tax money, but slow collecting

GLOVERSVILLE — The city has more income from taxable property this year, but actual collecting of taxes has been a little slow going.

Gloversville’s taxable income has risen by about $4 million since last year, a positive economic sign, officials noted Tuesday.

In a brief report to the Common Council at City Hall, Assessor Joni Dennie said she has been reviewing tentative tax roll information.

She said the city of Gloversville’s taxable income has increased by $3.8 million from a year ago. She said it goes with a rising trend the last few years.

“That’s really positive,” Dennie said.

In the area of actual tax collection this year, however, Finance Commissioner Tammie Weiterschan reported the collection season has not been as active as last year.

Weiterschan indicated that the city collected 27.5 percent of the levy for the first three weeks this year, compared to 41.7 percent collected during the same time period last year.

“It’s just a little slower coming in,” she said.

In other discussion before the council:

∫ Police Chief Anthony Clay reported 25 cars came through the Take Back event police held recently in which residents could safely get rid of unwanted prescription medications. He said five boxes of medications were collected. Some residents also observed Narcan training, Clay said.

∫ Department of Public Works Director Chris Perry said the Twin Bridges private garbage collection in the city has gotten off to a good start. He predicted “productivity” will increase in DPW, as staff are freed up from waste collection.

Mayor Vincent DeSantis said he’s received some feedback that “a lot of recyclables being put in with garbage collection.” He said the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste continues to collect recyclables as normal in the city.

∫ City Clerk Jennifer Mazur noted the first Food Truck Friday will be conducted April 30 at Castiglione Park

She also said the city’s Fishing Derby will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 at Wohlfarth’s Pond Park.

“We hope to see you guys Saturday,” she told city officials.

∫ Fire Chief Thomas Groff noted the property at 213 S. Main Street was demolished by Jackson Demolition.

“They did a nice job of cleaning up,” he said.

∫ DeSantis reported the city’s streetlight conversion to LED lighting is “moving right along.”

The mayor also reported soil samples at the former Wood & Hyde Leather Co. property were taken and sent to a lab. He said there may be a three-week delay in gaining the results.

“In early May, I’m expecting to have some data,” DeSantis said.

∫ It was noted the anticipated date of completion for the Spray Park is July 4.

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