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Judge rules against Town of Oneonta, fire district to dissolve Friday

A State Supreme Court justice in Otsego County has ruled against the Town of Oneonta, which sought a year delay in the dissolution of the town’s fire district.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 3:24 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2018 5:17 PM

ONEONTA - A State Supreme Court justice in Otsego County has ruled against the Town of Oneonta, which sought a yearlong delay in the dissolution of the town’s fire district.

Judge Michael Coccoma released a decision Wednesday denying the town’s request to delay the dissolution of the Oneonta Fire District. The town had sought extra time to come up with a new fire protection plan after the fire commission voted to dissolve the district.

However, Town Supervisor Bob Wood says he met Wednesday afternoon with City of Oneonta officials and hammered out a five-year fire protection agreement, and will soon be creating a new fire protection district. Wood says the town won't be without fire protection.

Wood says the cost of the new agreement is about $50,000 more than the $1.1 million the previous agreement between the fire district and the city cost. That might mean a slight tax increase, but Wood says that could be offset by the fire district fund balance.

The Oneonta Fire District will officially dissolve effective Friday, November 2. The town board will meet on Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. to hold a public hearing on the 2019 town budget and discuss the formation of the new fire district.

Link to Judge Coccoma's decision

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