Taxes to go up in Forestville, but not by 445-percent

FORESTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Forestville is still proposing a tax rate increase, but not by the 445-percent that residents had been dreading.

Members of the village board met Tuesday night to approve their new budget, which includes a bailout package of sorts from Chautauqua County. The southern tier community was facing a potential financial crisis that could have ushered in that mammoth tax hike. Instead the rate is now expected to double.

The village is in default on two loans totaling $400,000, one for building demolition and the other on a water line bond, and because the bank is calling in those debts, taxpayers have to come up with the cash this budget year. That led officials to propose the 445-percent tax increase.

But last week, Chautauqua County legislators approved a $150,000 assistance package for the village. But there are conditions that need to be met to prevent another financial crisis. The county wants a task force created, with members appointed by the county executive and legislative chair, to oversee the village and audit the village’s books. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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