After months of spirited back-and-forth deliberations, Brant residents will be able to pay their school tax at the town hall.
A motion was approved for Town Clerk Barb Daniel to lease an office space, located across from the police department in the town hall, in order to collect school taxes. The motion, subject to a referendum, was approved pending review by Town Attorney William Trask.
“At last month’s meeting, I was asked to follow-up and research on the request to lease space in the town hall for the school tax collection,” Trask said. “It turns out that the lease is an option because it is a lease of public space. It would be subject to a 30-day permissive referendum. Just so everyone knows, you would adopt a resolution authorizing the lease of the space with the terms of the proposed lease, how much rent will be paid, how long it will be for, and once the resolution is adopted, the resolution would be published in the official newspaper and then there is a period of 30 days from the adoption of the resolution, during which time a petition could be submitted to put the proposed lease to a public vote. If there is no petition received, the resolution becomes effective and the lease can go forward.”
The school tax collection is expected to be collected Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Daniel is expected to pay $500 per month for the space, which will be occupied between September and November.
Supervisor Leonard Pero said that he feels having the school taxes collected right at the town hall is a win for the town’s tax payers in the Lake Shore School district.
“I feel good about anything that makes things easier for the residents of the Town of Brant,” Pero said. “I feel good about being able to have school taxes collected in our facility. There is no liability to the Town here at all and it is just another convenience for our tax payers in the Lake Shore School district. I’m happy that this is coming about.”
The 30-day Permissive Referendum went into effect after the motion was approved.
In other news:
• Effective May 4, the Brant Post Office will provide 4 hours of window service from 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. Residents will still have access to mail receptacles 24 hours a day and post office mail box mail will be available for pick-up by 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
• A workshop regarding the Town employee handbook will be held at the Town Hall on April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
• The town will begin its Senior Exercise Program at the Recreation Building on May 2 from 6-8 p.m. The program will take place Tuesday and Thursday nights and will continue throughout the month of May. There is no fee to participate.
• Concerts in the Park will take place on Monday nights in July and August this year. Several of the bands set to perform will be bands the town has hosted before.