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Since 1806

The Town of Otisco

The Town is situated approximately 21 miles south of Syracuse, New York.

The area in which the Town is located had been occupied for centuries by the Onondaga People, one of the original 5 nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy in northeast North America.

The name "Otisco" may have been derived from the Iroquois name for Nine Mile Creek, Us-te-ke, meaning "bitter-nut-hickory". At least one older map, published in 1825, has the name spelled as "Ostisco". The name may also have been derived from the word ostickney, meaning "waters much dried away", or from the Onondaga word ostick, meaning "the water is low".

The area became part of the former Military Tract of Central New York State which consisted of nearly 2 million acres of land that was set aside to compensate New York's soldiers after their participation in the Revolutionary War (American War of Independence). The Town was first settled by outsiders around 1798, and permanent settlement began around 1801. The Town of Otisco was formed in 1806 from parts of the towns of Marcellus, Pompey and Tully.

The Town also encompasses the Hamlets of Otisco and Amber, the latter being situated on the north shore of Otisco Lake, which is the easternmost of New York's eleven Finger Lakes.

The Town's picturesque countryside, with its rolling hills and mountainous terrain, is rural, dotted with homes, family farms and small businesses.

There were 2,541 residents and 922 households within the Town according to the 2010 census. In contrast to its relatively small population, the Town of Otisco is the 4th largest Town in Onondaga County in terms of land size, covering approximately 31.2 square miles with approximately 34.40 miles of Town roads. The Town Government consists of a Town Board, Town Clerk, Town Justice Court, Town Highway Department, Code Enforcement Officer, Animal Control Officer, Tax Assessors, Tax Collector, Attorney for the Town and Town Financial Advisor.

A Directory of the Town's Municipal Departments can be found in the Municipal Directory on this website at townofotisco.com/services/

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER A PROPOSED LOCAL LAW TO REPEAL TOWN OF OTISCO LOCAL LAW NO. ONE OF 1966 PROVIDING FOR A PARTIAL TAX EXEMPTION OF REAL PROPERTY TAX BY CERTAIN PERSONS WITH LIMITED INCOME OVER 65 YEARS OF AGE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Otisco, New York (the “Town”), will meet at the Town Hall, 1924 Barker Street, Tully (Otisco), New York 13159 on February 12, 2024 at 7:00 P.M. for the purpose of conducting a Public Hearing to consider the repeal of Town Of Otisco Local Law No. One of 1966 providing for a partial tax exemption of real property tax by certain persons with limited income over 65 years old in order to allow the Town Board to update by Town Board Resolution the income limits of such persons to reflect more contemporaneous income levels.

A copy of the proposed Local Law and accompanying documents have been filed in the Office of the Town Clerk where they are available for public inspection and copying at the regular copying charges during normal business hours at the Town of Otisco Town Clerk’s Office at 1924 Barker Street, Tully (Otisco), New York 13159. At such Public Hearing, the Town Board will review the proposed Local Law and will hear all persons interested in the subject matter of the proposed Local Law. All persons will be given an opportunity to be heard. Written and oral statements will be taken at that time. Time limitations may be imposed for each oral statement, if necessary.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Regular Monthly Town Board Meeting for February 2024 will be held on February 12, 2024 immediately after the conclusion of the  Public Hearing to consider the proposed Local Law to repeal Town of Otisco Local Law No. One of 1966, the Public Hearing to consider the Town Board adopting a Resolution to allow a Real Property Tax Exemption pursuant to section 467 of the NY Real Property Tax Law, and the Public Hearing to consider amending the Noise Control Law of the Town of Otisco, which are also scheduled for February 12, 2024.

Dated: January 22, 2024                            Otisco, New York

By Order of the Town Board of the Town of Otisco, New York.
Georgette T. Waldau, Town Clerk, Town of Otisco, New York.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSDIER A PROPOSED RESOLUTION BY THE TOWN OF OTISCO TOWN BOARD TO AUTHORIZE A PARTIAL TAX EXEMPTION OF REAL PROPERTY TAX BY CERTAIN PERSONS WITH LIMITED INCOME OVER 65 YEARS OF AGE PURSUANT TO SECTION 467 OF THE NEW YORK REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Otisco, New York (the “Town”), will meet at the Town Hall, 1924 Barker Street, Tully (Otisco), New York 13159 on February 12, 2024 at 7:10 P.M. or immediately following the conclusion of the Public Hearing to consider repealing Local Law No. One of 1966, whichever is later, for the purpose of conducting a Public Hearing to consider a proposed Resolution by the Town of Otisco Town Board to authorize a partial tax exemption of real property tax by certain persons with limited income over 65 years of age pursuant to section 467 of the New York Real Property Tax Law effective for the 2024 assessment roll and thereafter.

A copy of the proposed Resolution and accompanying documents have been filed in the Office of the Town Clerk where they are available for public inspection and copying at the regular copying charges during normal business hours at the Town of Otisco Town Clerk’s Office at 1924 Barker Street, Tully (Otisco), New York 13159. At such Public Hearing, the Town Board will review the proposed Resolution and will hear all persons interested in the subject matter of the proposed Resolution. All persons will be given an opportunity to be heard. Written and oral statements will be taken at that time. Time limitations may be imposed for each oral statement, if necessary.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Regular Monthly Town Board Meeting for February 2024 will be held on February 12, 2024 immediately after the conclusion of the  Public Hearing to consider the proposed Local Law to repeal Town of Otisco Local Law No. One of 1966, the Public Hearing to consider the Town Board adopting a Resolution to allow a Real Property Tax Exemption pursuant to section 467 of the NY Real Property Tax Law effective for the 2024 assessment roll and thereafter, and the Public Hearing to consider amending Local Law # 1 of 2023 titled Noise Control Law of the Town of Otisco, which are also scheduled for February 12, 2024.

Dated: January 22, 2024                            Otisco, New York

By Order of the Town Board of the Town of Otisco, New York.
Georgette T. Waldau, Town Clerk, Town of Otisco, New York.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL LAW # 1 OF 2023 TITLED NOISE CONTROL LAW OF THE TOWN OF OTISCO

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Otisco, New York (the “Town”), will meet at the Town Hall, 1924 Barker Street, Tully (Otisco), New York 13159 on February 12, 2024 at 7:20 P.M. or immediately following the conclusion of the Public Hearing to consider a proposed Resolution by the Town of Otisco Town Board to authorize a partial tax exemption of real property tax by certain persons with limited income over 65 years of age pursuant to section 467 of the New York Real Property Tax Law effective for the 2024 assessment roll and thereafter, whichever is later, for the purpose of considering amendments to Local Law # 1 of 2023 titled Noise Control Law of The Town Of Otisco.

A copy of the proposed Amended Local Law and accompanying documents have been filed in the Office of the Town Clerk where they are available for public inspection and copying at the regular copying charges during normal business hours at the Town of Otisco Town Clerk’s Office at 1924 Barker Street, Tully (Otisco), New York 13159. At such Public Hearing, the Town Board will review the proposed Local Law and will hear all persons interested in the subject matter of the proposed Local Law. All persons will be given an opportunity to be heard. Written and oral statements will be taken at that time. Time limitations may be imposed for each oral statement, if necessary.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Regular Monthly Town Board Meeting for February 2024 will be held on February 12, 2024 immediately after the conclusion of the  Public Hearing to consider a proposed Local Law to repeal Town of Otisco Local Law No. One of 1966, the Public Hearing to consider the Town Board adopting a Resolution to allow a Real Property Tax Exemption pursuant to section 467 of the NY Real Property Tax Law, which are also scheduled for February 12, 2024, and the Public Hearing to consider amending the Town’s Noise Control Law.

Dated: January 22, 2024                            Otisco, New York

By Order of the Town Board of the Town of Otisco, New York.
Georgette T. Waldau, Town Clerk, Town of Otisco, New York.


Health Insurer’s and Group Health Plans Transparency in Coverage Rule

In 2020, the Federal Government finalized the “Transparency in Coverage” Rule, which requires health insurers and group health plans, including self-funded clients, to provide cost-sharing data to consumers. For self-funded plans, such as the Town of Otisco’s plan for its employees, this information is to be available via Machine-readable files for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2022. These files provide pricing data for covered items and services based on in-network negotiated payment rates and historical out-of-network allowed amounts.

The machine-readable files are available free of charge. The user is not required to establish a user account, password, or other credentials and does not require the user to submit any personal identifying information such as a name, email address, or telephone number.

The Town of Otisco participates In the Onondaga County Municipal Employee Benefits Agreement (OCEBA), which is an arrangement among several municipal entities involved in self-insurance plans for their municipal employees.

Therefore, to access the Machine-readable files relative to the Town of Otisco’s self-funded plan, please go on the internet to the following link, and scroll down to the OCEBA Group Health Benefits file: transparency-in-coverage.uhc.com

New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund (NYS HAF)

  • The New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund (NYS HAF) is a federally funded program dedicated to assisting homeowners who are at risk of default, foreclosure, or displacement as a result of a financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apply if you’re a homeowner who is:

  • Behind or in forbearance on their mortgage
  • In default on a reverse mortgage
  • Behind on property taxes, water, or sewage bills
  • Behind on monthly maintenance charges
  • Behind on their chattel loans, retail installment contracts, or other types of home purchase loans and/or lot rent

Call New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund for more information on this funding Monday through Saturday from 7 AM to 8 PM.

(1-844-776-9423) or visit their website at www.nyhomeownerfund.org

 

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

This Program helps low income households pay the cost of drinking water and wastewater services. The program can assist households who have past due bills for drinking water and/or wastewater services.

Eligibility and benefits are based on:

  • income,
  • household size, and
  • amount owed to drinking water and/or wastewater provider(s).

LIHWAP is a benefit based on the actual amount of drinking water and/or wastewater arrears, up to a maximum of $2,500 per drinking water or wastewater provider, or $5,000 if drinking water and wastewater services are combined

For more information about LIHWAP please call the NYS LIHWAP Call Center at 1-833-690-0208 or call the toll-free OTDA Hotline at 1-800-342-3009. You may also email LIHWAP at: [email protected]. or visit their website at https://otda.ny.gov/programs/water-assistance/

New Time for Town Board Meetings

Please note that the Town of Otisco Town Board's regular monthly meetings starting times have
been changed from 7:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

Regular Town Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month commencing at 7:00 PM
(except for the month of November due to budget meetings. The date and time of the November
Town Board Meeting is established by the Town Board at the October Town Board meeting).

Regular Town Board Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Town Hall located at
1924 Barker Street in Otisco, New York.

To speak with the Town Supervisor or any of the Town Counselors, please call (315) 696-4676
and follow the prompts on the recorded message, or you may attend any regular Town Board
Meeting and request that the Board address any questions or concerns.

Drive-thru Taxes

The Tax Collector now has a drive through window located on the South side of the Town Hall (right side as you are facing the Town Hall) at 1924 Barker St., Otisco, NY 13159 for the transaction of tax related business during the Tax Collector's business hours (please see Tax Notice under Legal Notices on this website for the Tax Collector's hours.