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Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

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Genesee County: Town of Byron Cost of Community Services Study 2. Collect Data • Obtain relevant reports including: -Adopted Town Budget 2000 -2000 property tax and school tax rates • Contact Appropriate Officials including: - Town Supervisor - Town Tax Assessor - Town Clerk and Tax Collector - County Sheriff - Town Fire Chief - County Real Property Tax Representatives - Byron-Bergen and Elba School Districts 3. Group Revenues and allocate them by land use • Property Taxes • Local Receipts • State Aid • Miscellaneous Receipts 4. Group Appropriations (Expenditures) and allocate them by land use: • General Government • Public Safety • Home and Community Services • Town Employees • Interfund Transfers • Highway Fund • Sewer District (Special District) • Fire District (2 Special Districts) • School District (2 Districts) 5. Analyze data and calculate ratios Agricultural & Community Development Services, Inc. 5 peter j. smith & company, inc.

Genesee County: Town of Byron Cost of Community Services Study 1. Meet With Local Sponsors The COCS Study was completed as part of a larger Farmland Protection Plan prepared for the whole of Genesee County. The Study was overseen by a Steering Committee comprised of various agricultural and governmental specialists. The Steering Committee selected the Town of Byron for the COCS study for the many reasons previously described: “urban sprawl” development pressure, declining number of overall farms, and the pristine rural character of the community. 2. Collect Data To complete the COCS study, interviews with “local sponsors”, or the people who know most about the Town of Byron, were completed. Discussions were held with the Town Tax Assessor to divide each Town tax code into one of three land use categories: residential, commercial/industrial, and agriculture/open space. An informal meeting between the Study Team, the Town Supervisor, and the Town Tax Assessor was also conducted. Each individual item of the 2000 Budget was reviewed and the requisite revenues and appropriations divided between the three designated land uses. The Town Clerk and the Collector of Taxes were also included in this conversation to ensure accuracy. In addition to these local contacts, the Town’s Fire Chief; the Chief of the County Sheriff’s Department; the Genesee County Office of Real Property Assessment; and the Elba School District and Byron-Bergen School Districts were contacted for data and additional input. 3. Allocate Revenues by Land Use The interviews conducted helped to allocate all 2000 anticipated revenues into the three land use categories. For each line item in the 2000 Budget, Town officials determined which land use, or combination of land uses, generated the funds. Items generated exclusively by residents would include Town fines and forfeitures, and moneys dedicated to the Town youth program. No revenue source was generated exclusively by commercial/industrial or agriculture/open space. The remainder of revenues were typically generated by a mix of the uses included sewer district rents, school taxes, highway appropriations, and fire district revenues. 4. Allocate Appropriations by Land Use The interviews conducted helped to allocate all 2000 Budget appropriations into the three land use categories. For each line item, the land use – or combination of Agricultural & Community Development Services, Inc. 6 peter j. smith & company, inc.

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