Who Will Pay For Potsdam Recreation?

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Running the Potsdam arena and the Potsdam beach has been a 50-50 venture between the town of Potsdam and the village of Potsdam.

But now the village wants out.

"Well, the rec program definitely has a disparity in the tax rate per thousand for village residents and town residents," said Dave Fenton, Potsdam village administrator. 

Thursday's referendum would shift ownership of the arena and beach to the town. 

There'd be a new town-wide tax, including the village, to pay for the recreation program.

"And that would take care of the disparity and make it a little fairer," said Fenton.

But some town residents aren't crazy about paying more for programs they may never use.

"There are senior citizens out there right now that are having trouble paying their taxes and you add more to it, they may lose their home," said Newbury Meader, town resident. 

"It's just taxes to death. You can't survive. You get a raise in Social Security and it's already long gone," said Francis Trombly, town resident.

Meanwhile, it's the referendum rules that have some village residents upset.

State law says only property owners and corporation owners can vote.

"There's a lot of village residents who are not happy because they can't vote on something that directly affects their children or their grandchildren or whomever," said Fenton.

Voting Thursday is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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