Oswego Village Hall 102020

Oswego Village Hall. (WSPYnews.com photo by Mark Harrington).

License plate readers on vehicles may take another step further to reality as the Oswego Police Department is seeking direction from the Oswego Village Board Tuesday night at 6 p.m. during the committee of the whole meeting.

Back in June, the first presentation of license plate readers was conducted by Oswego Police Chief Jeff Burgner, who described the technology as a way to prevent crime, investigation, and parking enforcement. 

Expected to be discussed will be data ownership and retention, public and private uses, the number of law enforcement agencies using the device, preliminary locations of stationary installations, reference checks on product use and contract terms. 

But a decision regarding property taxes in the village of Oswego will come in the 7p.m. regular village board meeting. Five different tax levy options, including no increase to up to two percent, are on the table.  Trustee Pam Parr and Oswego Village President Troy Parlier have been at odds on the proposals. 

Part of the tax levy will be applied to the police officers pension system, according to agenda documents. 

The savings of a house, with an assessed valuation of $250,000, the five-options range from an additional $3.75 to $6.33, a difference of $2.58 a year or about 21 cents a month. On a $350,000 valued home, the difference is $3.41 annually. Either way, the property tax is expected to rise because the county’s tax assessor office is anticipating a five percent increase, according to the village. 

Elsewhere Oswego trustees will look at approving the Christmas Walk Parade downtown on December 5th. 

Signage on two new developments are up for a vote. 

As construction has started at The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, the developer is requesting three signs at street corners that exceed the dimensions permitted in the village’s downtown sign ordinance. At the Delta Sonic complex on Route 34 east is requesting additional signage that does not fall under the zoning ordinance. 

Village staff is recommending approval for both.