by Andrew Henderson
Mayor Ron Woodward and the Fulton Common Council moved forward with their plan to annex 65.9 acres from the Town of Granby Tuesday night.
The land targeted for annexation is the site of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The city owns 44.9 acres of the land while the remaining 21 acres along the Oswego River bed is owned by New York State.
The common council unanimously approved an environmental impact resolution as well as a petition for annexation during Tuesday’s special meeting with the city’s outside counsel, John Allen of Bond, Schoeneck and King.
Allen told the council that there is no environmental impact for the annexation. “All that is happening here is the change of address,” he told city councilors. “The city has been operating this wastewater facility since 1963.”
The land has been assessed at $3,034,047. If annexed, the town would lose that amount in assessed value.
“The total assessed value makes up approximately 1.1 percent of the town’s total assessed value and less than 1.3 percent of the taxable assessed total, according to the town’s last preceding assessment roll,” the resolution states.
In the 2012 tax bill, the city was charged $176.82 for Granby taxes in connection with the property that is being annexed. That amount equals less than 1.3 percent of the $14,000 town tax levy.
For the town highway tax, the city paid $7,301.80, which equals less than 1.3 percent of the $578,131 town’s highway tax levy.
For the Granby Center Fire District tax, the city paid $5,504.79, which is less than 2.4 percent of the fire district’s total tax levy of $232,700.