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We are in the midst of our local 2021 tax collection. As Town Supervisor, I thought you might like an explanation of the town's resources. Here is a breakdown of the taxes collected by the town tax collector; the majority of the taxes collected are sent on to the county. On average, 77% of your tax payment goes to the county, 16% remains in the town and 7% is given to the fire district.

Within the town, our budget for 2021 is approximately $1,200,000.00. Seventy percent of the budget is for the Highway Department and 30% is for the General Fund. The Real Estate taxes for the town total $271,237.00. We are estimating receipt of $560,000.00 in Sales Tax revenue from Cayuga County. We will receive $51,931.00 from the county for plowing some of their roads in the town. We are also hoping to receive $132,000.00 in state aid for highway maintenance. Finally, we are upgrading our loader and pickup truck and expect to sell the used ones for $124,000.00, while the new equipment will cost $226,050.00.

For those of you who know me, I love talking about finances, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Gary Mutchler, Town of Scipio Supervisor at 315.730.3638 or

The MLK Day of Service inspires hundreds of thousands of Americans to come together to serve their community. Citizens in all 50 states deliver meals, refurbish schools and community centers, and collect food and clothing. Volunteers also recruit mentors, support jobseekers, build homes and provide other services for veterans and military families, and help citizens improve their financial literacy skills. Our nation's leaders including congressional members, governors, and mayors honor Dr. King's legacy through service projects while addressing pressing community needs.

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 to mark the birthday of Dr. King as a federal holiday. Americans first observed the holiday in 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service and charged Americorps with leading the effort. Taking place each third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service- a "day on, not a day off". This day of service helps to empower Individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."


Here is a bit of nostalgia from years gone by yet the message is still poignant today. This is an excerpt from a recent column in The Citizen compiled by David Wilcox.

"Fish and Game Protector Willard A. Hoagland is concerned with the misuse of high power rifles. He reported to the State Forest, Fish and Game League in 1915, that since the opening of the hunting season there have been five horses shot in the town of Scipio alone by hunters carrying rifles afield. One of the horses, belonging to James Smart who resides not far from Mapleton, died as a result of the bullet wound. The horse was a good one and Mr. Smart had sold it for $175."

This 2020 hunting season please follow safety procedures to reduce reckless endangerment of human life and wild game.

3705 State Rt. 34

Scipio Center, NY 13147

Ph: 315-364-5740 | Fax: 315-364-6802

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