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Owego 'Taxpayers First' Party Hosts Meet-and-Greet a Week Before Elections

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By Fox 40 Staff.
As the Village of Owego elections draw near, the "Taxpayers First" party held a meet-and-greet meeting with residents on Tuesday night at the United Methodist Church on Main Street.

Property taxes and the village budget are two issues the candidates are facing.

Some residents are skeptical about whether or not the taxpayers first party can rescue the tax base.

"The tax base is going down," said retired Owego resident Jim Legursky."

"The cost of material, cost of labor is going up."

Other residents think this party has what it takes to correct the village's financial situation.

"I think a lot of residents are concerned about their taxes," said Lisa Curatolo.

"They're looking at an overall budget of only having a surplus of three thousand dollars for the year. That's insane, but most residents don't know that."

Another problem facing this year's election is getting voters to show up.

According to the Board of Elections, out of more than 2,000 registered voters, only 591 people voted in the 2014 mayoral election and 563 people voted in the 2015 election.

Voting will be held from noon to 9:00 p.m.on Tuesday, march 15, at the Owego Central Fire Station.