Hornell Update: Sales Tax Payments and Parking Meters

August 18, 2014

HORNELL N.Y. – The Common council met Monday night where Mayor Shawn Hogan outlined the agreement between the Cities of Hornell and Corning, with Steuben County.  In the agreement, the City of Hornell will no longer get payment for sales taxes preempted. Steuben County will instead disperse the revenue from the shared pot from both Hornell and Corning.  The amount is determined by a three year average from 2010, 2011, and 2013.  The city will get 7% from any future growth and a 3 % growth allocation plus added payments to the allocation.

The City of Hornell will get $200,000.00 over five years, in payments of $80,000 the first year, $60,000 the second year, $40,000 the third year and $20,000 in the fourth year of the new tax plan.  Mayor Hogan also reminded the council that the City will still receive the 1% extra sales tax from the county aside from this new tax revenue sharing plan, between the two municipalities.

Hogan also announce to the Common Council that the city is going to enter into an agreement with an contractor that will provide electronic parking ticket machines that will download into a computer and be sent directly to Albany in the event a parking ticket is not paid on time, the violator will then be subject to the NYS Scofflaw procedure. T his new technology will be done on a trial basis for the period of one year, the terms of the contract include payment of $1,000 dollars a month, or 15% of the collected fines, whichever is less.  Hogan remarked that other municipalities are already doing this such as Bath, Corning and Wellsville.  The Mayor noted that Hornell does feature free parking, and they have been looking for more efficient ways to collect the fines that come from parking violations in the City of Hornell.