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Town of Henrietta $12 million surplus

Henrietta, N.Y. It is rare that people hear that their government is giving money back, but that is exactly what Henrietta taxpayers are hearing from their government.

A state audit criticized the town for having too much money in its reserve fund while still taxing residents and businesses.

Now the town is paying taxpayers back as well as looking for ways to improve town services and facilities are ideas town supervisor Jack Moore has for the roughly $12 million surplus.

Businesses wont get a $100 refund check, but homeowners will.

You also have to think that the residents here are going to spend that money, probably in their business here so they are going to benefit in a different way, just indirectly from that refund, said Moore.

Business owners like Ed Baranowski of the Full Belly Deli are hoping that is the case. Hes also hoping that the town spends the rest of the surplus money wisely.

Henrietta could use a little more identity. Having a Rec Center or more of a Town Center might be a good idea, Baranowski said.

A new Rec Center and a new courthouse are being considered, as well as upgrades to the 35-year-old library.

The town is in the process of studying where it should invest or spend the extra money.

Sending out the $100 refund checks requires approval from state lawmakers, but assuming it passes, checks could be mailed out later this year.

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Washington Times