State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials from the Town of Otsego to announce a $125,000 state grant to help fund the purchase of a multi-use highway truck.

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“Local elected officials, particularly in small rural towns like Otsego, take painstaking efforts to balance their budgets. The goal is to provide necessary services while keeping property taxes in check,” said Senator Seward. “When major, one-time expenses materialize, the task becomes even more daunting and needed projects and equipment can be neglected. That’s why I worked with the Town of Otsego to secure a $125,000 grant to assist in the purchase of new highway truck – meeting a crucial need without raising taxes.”

Town of Otsego Supervisor Meg Kiernan said, “The people of Otsego are incredibly grateful to Senator Seward for his support of our highway department. Our current fleet of five trucks includes some that are more than twenty years old and in dire need of replacement. The new vehicle will be used in all four seasons and will help our highway workers maintain our roads safely and efficiently. Thanks to Senator Seward, we will now be able to move forward with this crucial equipment replacement without putting an additional burden on town taxpayers.”

The $125,000 capital grant secured by Senator Seward through the State and Municipal Facilities Program along with an additional $99,106 from the town’s equipment reserve fund will be used for the purchase of the new highway truck.

“I am extremely pleased to partner with the Town of Otsego on this critical equipment replacement that will keep our roads safe for residents and visitors alike, without putting a dent in the town budget,” Seward concluded.

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