There will be no county-wide tax imposed to safeguard Chautauqua Lake. At a recent Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency meeting, Jayme Breschard, a senior managing community planner with Barton & Loguidice, provided an update. The company was recruited last year to investigate potential long-term funding sources for the lake’s protection.
Breschard pointed out that a county-wide levy to safeguard Chautauqua Lake is not permitted by state law. Since this particular project is focused on the lake and improvement efforts, she explained, “there is no legal process that would enable for properties that are either outside of the watershed or do not immediately about the lake, the cost could be conferred to those properties.”
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However, there are still further tax choices accessible. They consist of a boat user fee, a user impact fee, a near-lake district tax, and a watershed/drainage district tax. We are pursuing a hybrid strategy because, according to the comments we have received, it is something the community as a whole is interested in.
There are 2,522 parcels with Chautauqua Lake frontage, 6,648 parcels with lake access but no direct frontage, and 11,012 parcels in the lake’s contributing drainage region without direct, private access to the lake, according to Jack Williams of Barton & Loguidice. Any taxation district, according to Williams, must be just and legally feasible.
On November 17 at 5 p.m. at the Legislative Chambers of the Gerace Office Building in Mayville, the CLPRA intends to hold a public meeting. Participants will examine alternative sources of income, such as grants or boat fees, and discuss preferences and priority of preferred taxing mechanisms at that meeting. A financing target will also be discussed and decided upon. By February, they want to have decided everything.