ALBANY - State Sen. Catharine Young has secured $50,000 of emergency funding for the village of Forestville for a new roof and other capital improvements that are needed immediately.
Sen. Young said the grant will provide some relief to village taxpayers who cannot afford the massive property tax increase resulting from the convergence of debt repayments and necessary emergency building repairs.
"Families already are struggling to pay their bills and Forestville has many seniors living on fixed incomes. The situation is not the residents' fault, and they need help.
"These funds will be for a new roof and other capital improvements to the village-owned fire hall and community center. The leaking roof had to be fixed right away and added to the village's budget woes. This grant will lift that portion of the burden from taxpayers," said Sen. Young.
Recently, Chautauqua County also helped alleviate the pain of the tax hike with a $150,000 loan to the village. In exchange, the village of Forestville will undergo an audit by the State Comptroller examining the village's finances over the last five years, participate in a task force examining the village's long-term sustainability and seek grant funding for a study.
"On behalf of the village of Forestville, I would like to thank Sen. Young for her hard work to help the people of Forestville. The roof of the Forestville Municipal Building is in dire need of repair and this grant opportunity will help an already financially strapped community. She is truly an unmatched good neighbor," said Forestville Mayor Kevin L. Johnson.