Cayuga County lawmakers dealt with flooding issues in both ends of the county at Wednesday evening’s special legislature meeting. Legislature Chair Keith Batman tells Finger Lakes News Radio they voted to not move forward on a resolution offering assessment relief for flood damaged properties on Lake Ontario.
Several legislators were critical of the state’s “Lake Ontario and Connected Waterways Assessment Relief Act” signed last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo because it allows municipalities to opt in to the assessment relief, but doesn’t provide reimbursment for any refunds.
Legislators also voted to increase the emergency funds for southern county flood damage to $1 Million from the initial figure of $777,000. The approval came after Highway Department Superintendent George Wethey pegged initial damage estimates to county roads and infrastructure at $1.3 Million.
The funds will go into an Emergency Road Repairs account that will allow the county to keep better track of storm-related costs if a federal disaster declaration is issued.