Rotterdam supervisor praises SI Group tax break

As part of the tax agreement, the SI Group will create five to seven new jobs at their Rotterdam Junction plant in conjunction with the installation of a biomass boiler. The SI Group will also provide land to the town for the erection of a $1.2 million water tower.

The SI Group will also pay an additional $30,000 annually to the Schalmont School District.

The board's lone Democratic member, John Silva said he hadn't received a copy of the PILOT.

"We [the town board] are the taxing authority," said Silva. "It seems to me we should ask our town council to do an analysis of the PILOT."

Silva said a formal review could answer residents' questions about the potential effects the PILOT has on the tax levy and on the town budget.

Because the members of the RIDA are appointed by the town board, Tommasone said he would defer to that board's decision.

"These agreements put us in a position where we have to accept what they tell us," said Tommasone. "Just as we appoint a member to the Metroplex board, we appoint members to the RIDA board." ""

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