WARSAW — A resolution calling for increased farmland preservation and local assistance programs was approved at April’s Wyoming County Baord of Supervisors meeting.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget had allocated $20 million for farmland preservation and $27,408,000 for local agricultural assistance programs for 2020-2021. But the approved 2019-2020 state budget had included $33,243,000 for local assistance, besides the $20 million for preservation.
The county’s resolution, approved April 14, calls for restoring the funding to its previous levels. It notes that 30 percent of the state’s farmers are at least 65 years old, with more than 90 percent of those lacking a younger farmer helping manage their business.
The resolution also noted there were 30 percent fewer farmers statewide in 2012 compared to 2002.
In other action:
n A series of salary changes was approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The salary for the Chief Financial Officer of the Wyoming County Community Health System was set a $112,750 annually, retroactive to Jan. 1.
Stipends of $15,000 and $5,000 were also approved for the administrative assistant and secretary to the district attorney, respectively, at the District Attorney’s office. The modifications are to adjust for new positions and people in those roles.
n Chairman Jerry Davis of the Board of Supervisors was authorized to sign a contract with McClurg, CDJ, Inc. of Perry for purchase of a Jeep Cherokee Upland on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office. Cost is not to exceed $27,600 and is contingent on the availability of funds.
n County Treasurer Cheryl D. Mayer was authorized to cancel the 1 percent interest charge for delinquent property taxes for the month of April.
The decision was made due to the COVID-19 crisis. Public access to the Wyoming County Government Center, where such payments can be made, is limited.