Golf course eyeing city services
GLOVERSVILLE – The Kingsboro Golf Course may take a shot at getting water and sewer service from the city.
However, the city wants any land seeking to use city services to be annexed – something that, historically, has not been easy for the city and town of Johnstown to agree upon.
Jason Thompson, executive chef at the Kingsboro Golf Course, spoke on behalf of the business at a Common Council meeting last month.
Thompson said the course’s sewer system is in need of an upgrade, but that would cost the course about $25,000.
“We are paying an outrageous amount for sewer and water, so if we can switch over and get it from Gloversville it would save us a considerable amount of money,” Thompson said.
Thompson said the golf course will soon file a petition to be annexed into the city. The business is willing to pay more in taxes to have the additional services available, he said.
Mayor Dayton King said being a part of the city will provide the course with sewer service and more fire and police patrol.
King said he encourages the town of Johnstown to negotiate to save existing business rather than scare them away.
“We need a plan to offer that is consistent and we need it now,” King said. “If we do not have a plan in place, the courts will continue to rule in favor of annexation for property owners and the town will not get any share of the revenue.”
King said Johnstown Mayor Sarah Slingerland and himself offered a plan to share property tax revenue for new properties that are annexed from the town into one of the cities. King said the plan started with an offer to give 20 percent of the property taxes from those properties to the town for seven years.
“I hope we can work together and allow for continued business growth in our city,” Mayor King said. “I’d like to find a solution that works out for all of us. I believe sharing a percentage of property tax for a certain number of years is the way we can all benefit.”
However, town of Johnstown Supervisor Nancy MacVean said she doesn’t believe seven years is long enough because the town would not get anything after that period of time.
MacVean aid she will discuss the possible annexation of the course with the Town Board on Monday.
“I have to get their opinions on it,” MacVean said. “I have been opposed to annexation because it depletes our tax base and the taxes go up for everyone proportionately, but I have to talk to my Town Board about it and see how they feel.”
Town of Johnstown Councilman Walter Lane said he agreed with King that there needs to be a plan that is consistent.
However, he said, representatives from each of the three municipalities need to have a series of face-to-face meetings to work on a plan.
“I’m sure that a deal can be worked out somehow,” Lane said. “It is just something that I think we need to sit down and talk about further and we haven’t been able to do that for some reason.”
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