A regional state budget presentation will be made at the Tioga County Office Building today. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball will present a regional version of the governor’s budget proposal at 10am. All are invited and there will be time for questions from the audience. County legislators and other municipal leaders will pay special attention to the section that asks them to share or consolidate services or risk losing millions of dollars in funding this year. Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey says Tioga County could lose $10 million in state funding due to Cuomo’s consolidation mandate proposal. The governor wants municipalities to prepare plans for shared services to be put up for vote from taxpayers, or withhold funding if that is not done. We will have a full recap of the meeting later today on WEBO.
Members of the public can hear details about the governor’s budget proposal on Friday in Owego. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball will present the governor’s budget proposal at 10am in the Hubbard Auditorium of the Tioga County Office Building. There will be time set aside for questions and answers. Ball has been traveling the state holding similar events over the past few weeks.
No one was injured in a kitchen fire last night on upper North Avenue in Owego. The call came in around 5:30pm for a working structure fire at the building, between East/West Avenues and Talcott Street. Owego firefighters had the fire out within 20 minutes and damage was confined to the kitchen of the apartment. Dispatch information said the fire was sparked by an appliance. Traffic was tied up on North Avenue and surrounding side streets for about an hour. An additional crew from Campville Fire Station 3 stood by at the scene, and a crew from Apalachin FD was cancelled en route as the fire was extinguished.
The former Owego-Apalachin Administration Building and onetime Talcott Street School was demolished yesterday. It has been vacant since the Flood of 2011 damaged it beyond repair. Built as an elementary school for residents of the village’s “Flats” neighborhood, it was later turned into the district offices and also housed the board of education meeting room. The building is being demolished with FEMA funds, and the district has built their new offices on the main campus.
The Tioga County Legislature is scheduled to vote on its 2017 budget proposal this evening. Next year’s proposed budget includes a zero percent county-wide tax increase. Next year’s proposed budget would also remain under the New York State tax cap, as well as decrease general fund expenditures. Tonight’s Tioga County Legislature meeting is scheduled to begin at 6pm in the Tioga County Office Building on Main Street in Owego.
Owego-Apalachin School District officials have released the school’s new logo (Seen in the image above). The new logo is just part of a larger rebranding effort by school administrators. Those behind the new design say that it will be phased in slowly. Additional details on Owego-Apalachin’s rebranding efforts are expected to be released soon.
The Town of Owego is looking to convert it’s street lamps to LED technology. Town officials and SmartWatt vendor representatives held a planning meeting at the Owego Town Hall Wednesday to discuss initial details of the project. The Town is looking to replace roughly 550 street lamps with the LED technology. Preliminary estimates suggest that the move to LED bulbs could save town taxpayers upwards of 60% in energy and maintenance costs for street lighting. The entire project is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
The Town of Owego will be voting on its proposed 2017 budget during a meeting tonight. The budget includes a zero percent tax increase for residents, however, town water rates would increase 32 cents per thousand gallons of water. The board will be voting on the preliminary budget at the Owego Town Hall at 6:30pm.