Senator James Seward was in Homer yesterday (September 5) to announce a state capital grant he secured towards the Town Hall renovation project, which made significant upgrades to a building that was originally constructed in 1908.
New offices were built for both the town and village departments, as well as a new assessor’s office, which serves not only the Town of Homer, but the Town of Virgil and the City of Cortland as well.
“Local elected officials, particularly in small rural towns like Homer, take painstaking efforts to balance their budgets. The goal is to provide necessary services while keeping property taxes in check,” said Seward. “When major, one-time expenses materialize the task becomes even more daunting and needed projects are often neglected.”
Seward secured the $200K capital grant through the State and Municipal Facilities Program and will be applied towards a final price tag of around $650K for the project.
Town of Homer Supervisor Frederick Forbes Sr. said, “The people of Homer are incredibly grateful to Senator Seward for his support of the town hall renovation project. The upgrades allow us to consolidate local services from the town and village under one roof, and ensure Homer Town Hall will be here to serve future generations.”