MASSENA - Mayor James F. Hidy said that the village asking the town to compensate them for providing a law enforcement presence at the towns airport is not double taxation.
There is no double taxing going on, Mr. Hidy said, adding the money the village receives from the town is simply a pass-through, as the money is paid to the town by the Transportation Security Administration. Mr. Hidy was responding to comments made last week by Town Councilman John F. Macaulay, Where hes getting that from, I have no idea.
When the town board met last week, Mr. Macaulay, who resides in the village, noted that village taxpayers are also town taxpayers.
Village expenses are charged to the town residents who live inside the village, he said. A village resident who pays village taxes is the same person who pays town taxes.
Mr. Macaulay explained his position by stating that the village taxpayers are responsible for paying the salaries of the village police officers.
Using that logic, Mr. Hidy countered that the village should receive a portion of the towns gaming compact funds.
Thats where the double taxing comes in, Mr. Hidy said. Were part of the town and should get part of those monies.
Responding to Town Supervisor Joseph D. Grays challenge to lend support to the Boys & Girls Club and the Downtown Revitalization Committee, Mr. Hidy said state law prohibits them from doing so.
By law we cant contribute to those kind of initiatives, he said. They have gaming compact funds. We do not have that luxury. If they were to consider sharing a percentage of those monies with us than that would be something we would consider.
At that same town board meeting last week, Mr. Gray had said the town should consider contributing to both the Downtown Revitalization Committee and the Boys & Girls Club. noting he would be willing to see the town contribute $1.50 for every $1 contributed by the village.