Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Deal with Oneidas not contingent on both counties taking part
By JOLEEN FERRIS


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - While the Oneida County Legislature passed a land claim deal Tuesday night with the Oneida Indian Nation, what comes next?

The agreement passed 16-13 Tuesday after a very late night of public comment and some opposition.

The settlement is expected to bring Oneida County around $14-15 million a year in proceeds from gaming machines at Turning Stone Casino and back taxes from the Oneida Indian Nation, but after Oneida County holds some towns and villages harmless as a result of the agreement, that figure will shrink.

The county is also expected to lose some food and beverage taxes from Turning Stone.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says it is still millions of dollars the county did not have before.

"It can help us offset our tax increases; it can help the various towns offset theirs," Picente said. "It can be anywhere from a few million to several million we can use for projects going forward."

Madison County's Board of Supervisors is set to vote on the settlement Thursday, but Oneida County's participation is not contingent on their taking part.