Water Merger May Cause Williamsville to Exceed Tax Cap

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WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- The Village of Williamsville is doing what may towns and villages are doing: getting out of the water business.

But this could have a short-term impact on property taxes.

Mayor Brian Kulpa told us Monday  that when the village decided to consolidate water services with the Erie County Water Authority,  the village was in danger of exceeding the tax cap in the short term because they have to make up the costs associated with the consolidation.

Now they want to alert New York State that this loophole exists, and hope to pass a resolution to deal with it.

"We're essentially doing what New York State is telling us is good, however we will not be in compliance with the tax cap, we've been looking for some relief here," said Kulpa.

Kulpa hopes the resolution will alert the state of this issue as more cites, towns, and villages get out of the water business.

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