In a joint session of the Town of Deerpark and the City of Port Jervis on Monday, April 17, 2017 both councils voted to approve a joint resolution for proposed annexation. They also set a Public Hearing for Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Town of Deerpark Senior Center located at 41- U.S. Route 209, Huguenot, New York.
On April 17, 2017, the Common Council of the City of Port Jervis and the Town Board of the Town of Deepark conducted a joint meeting at the Town of Deerpark Town Hall.
The purpose of the join meeting was to discuss possible annexation of certain properties located within the Town of Deerpark by the City of Port Jervis.
City of Port Jervis Mayor, Kelly B. Decker, indicated that, “A mutually agreeable annexation has the potential to be a tremendous advantage to both municipalities.” Town of Deerpark Supervisor, Gary I. Spears, indicated that , “This will be an economic development initiative that will drive further employment and economic growth in the entire Tri-State area.”
The Common Council of the City of Port Jervis and the Town Board of the Town of Deerpark adopted a Joint Resolution in order to begin the process of a mutually agreeable annexation part of which was the scheduling of a joint public hearing regarding the proposed annexation. The joint public hearing will be conducted on the 15th day of May, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Senior Center located in the Town of Deerpark at 410 Route 209, Huguenot, New York 12746.
Mayor Decker’s Statement
It is with great pride that I stand here as the Mayor of the City of Port Jervis to announce for the first time in the 164-year existence of then the Village and now the City of Port Jervis that we are on the cusp of not just growing in acreage but also with the mutual acceptance of the Town of Deerpark growing jobs, commercial and industrial development opportunities, as well as providing savings for our taxpayers and safety for our children too.
This annexation will grow the city by approximately 205.4 acres and allow the city to provide water and sewer for the development of several parcels of land that are looking to create an industrial park as well as commercial retail space. In this agreement, the city acquires the land and immediately receives half of the local property tax share along with the Town of Deerpark in perpetuity. As the properties develop the tax revenue increases too. Additionally, the city receives all water and sewer fees for the developed property.
Additionally, the school districts 209 complex will be brought into the city limits allowing for 24 hour police protection from the City of Port Jervis Police Department as well as the A3 fire rating and response for the City of Port Jervis Fire Department. Additionally, the school district and taxpayers can benefit by no longer needing to run an antiquated sewer plant that has been in NYS DEC violations in the past and is in need of rebuilding but can now be less expensively hooked up to the city sewer system.
The city is also taking property that it currently owns, which is the former city landfill, allowing for more control of operations and violations that occur there such as illegal dumping and trespassing and lead to additional revenue by being able to construct an impound yard that can be managed.
When a municipality grows, with that growth comes construction, with construction comes jobs, and with jobs comes a more prosperous city and builds a solid residential base and increases sales tax revenue. The Town of Deerpark will grow too. They will see not only tax growth on those annexed parcels but will also experience residential growth with incoming employees.
Supervisor Spears and I along with our deputies Dave Dean, David Bavoso, and both Corporation Councils have met several times to hammer out this joint agreement. I want to “Thank” them for putting in this hard work to give both municipalities an advantage to growing economically.
Our city, Port Jervis is exploding now…with secondary educational growth committed by Orange County, our downtown re-construction, recreation growth with the hiking and biking trails and now retail and industrial growth that will provide jobs. Our housing market will also be the next opportunity and even though houses can be bought here at a steal today compared with the rest of the county along with our low local taxes, this secret will not last. We welcome homeowners, families, and veterans to our city and we look forward to the day when Port Jervis and the Town of Deerpark become the names that people are drawn to visit, play, and stay.
Attached are all documents regarding the annexation and parcel explanation including a visual map of the properties being annexed.