To: All District Residents and Taxpayers
From: Superintendent Nancy S. Ruscio
Date: September 24, 2015
Re: Town of Truxton Moratorium Law
As you all know, the District has closed the Hartnett Elementary School. At its meeting this past Tuesday, the Board of Education voted to approve a contract with an auctioneer to sell this building.
After the Board of Education approved the auctioneer’s contract, the Truxton Town Board published a Notice of Public Hearing for September 30, 2015, after which it will vote on Local Law #1 to establish a 6-month moratorium on commercial and industrial development in excess of 5,000 square feet, any residential development exceeding two dwellings per parcel, and all changes of use in excess of 5,000 square feet.
The Homer School District strongly opposes the Town’s proposed moratorium.
The Town’s moratorium will effectively obstruct the District’s ability to sell the Hartnett Elementary School at fair market value to the detriment of both the school district and Town residents. Were the sale to go through to a private developer as we anticipate, this property would go back on the tax rolls and could help to alleviate the tax burden for school district taxpayers as well as property taxpayers in the Town of Truxton. Proceeds from the sale of the building would also provide a second financial benefit to the District which would further benefit the District’s taxpayers.
A public hearing on the Town’s proposed moratorium law is taking place September 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Truxton Town Office, Historic Train Depot, Railroad Street, Truxton, New York.
Public comments will be heard at the public hearing. I urge you attend this important public hearing and voice your opinion to this Town moratorium. You can also send your written comments regarding the moratorium either by mail or hand delivered to the Town Clerk during scheduled office hours on or before September 29, 2015. If you are mailing comments send them to: Town of Truxton, P.O. Box 121, Truxton New York 13158.
Please let your voice be heard. Urge the Town Council not to interfere with the District’s sale of the Hartnett Elementary School and deny taxpayers the benefits of that sale.
If you are a Town resident you can also voice your concerns directly to your Town representatives:
7393 Truxton Tully Rd
Tully NY 13159
Nicole Albro Sprouse
3920 Bells Mill Road
Truxton, NY 13158
Lloyd Sutton Jr
5902 Hickey Rd
Truxton NY 13158
3455 Route 13
Truxton NY 13158
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