Tax Deal, Pool & Italiano Fest Tackled In Busy City Council Sess

Tax Deal, Pool & Italiano Fest Tackled In Busy City Council Session

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A housing development company from Ohio is interested in renovating Huntington Heights apartments in Watertown and had asked the city for a tax break.

That was one of many topics the city council tackled when it met Monday night.

The housing complex is currently under a tax agreement -- called a PILOT or payment in lieu of taxes -- that ends in 2021.

Instead of creating a new tax deal, Millennia, the company buying the property, will essentially take over the rest of the current PILOT, with a 3 percent increase.

Mayor Joe Butler says that's "a little bit more than we're getting currently on the existing PILOT. It's a little bit more money for the city. In the interim, there's a commitment on their end to renovate the buildings over the next few years."

Council members will vote on the issue next Monday night.

City council members approved borrowing $200,000 to upgrade Flynn Pool at North Elementary.

The pool needs a new boiler, which is expected to cost $90,000, and a new filter at $110,000.

However, there is a chance they won't end up needing to borrow money, since the city made more money than expected from sales tax this year.

Butler says they will know if they made enough money to cover the project in the next month or so.

The Bravo Italiano Festival is headed back to the Watertown Municipal Arena.

The lawmakers approved a three-year deal with the Italian-American Civic Association for $3,500 a year starting with this year's event.

This year's festival will run August 24-26. 

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