The Cayuga County Shared Services Panel Friday voted overwhelmingly to approve a plan projected to save approximately $1 million in taxes through new inter-governmental cooperation.
The panel, made up of the supervisors and mayors of all 33 Cayuga County towns, villages and the city of Auburn, plus the chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, voted 25-2 in favor of the plan, with seven absences. Only the representatives for the town of Conquest and village of Port Byron voted against the plan.
Port Byron Mayor Ronald Wilson said in his vote, submitted by letter, that he was voting no as he had not had time to review the plan. Conquest Supervisor Charles Knapp sent his response via email, which was not available Friday. A message left at the town offices was not returned by press time.
“I think this allows us to foster a new era of collaboration between the county and municipalities in a way that is responsive to the community’s concerns and needs,” said County Administrator J. Justin Woods, who was part of the project management team that developed the plan.