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SCIPIO
Multiple units respond to house fire in Scipio

Several Cayuga County fire departments were called out to a large structure fire that destroyed a family's home Tuesday morning in the town of Scipio. 

Cayuga County 911 said a neighbor called in the fire at around 5:30 a.m. at 1730 Fleming Scipio Town Line Road.

Poplar Ridge Fire Chief Dale Perkins said the family was not home at the time of the fire and no one was injured. It took crews around an hour-and-a-half to extinguish the blaze, Perkins said. He said the house is a total loss.

However, crews were able to save the garage with minimal smoke and water damage. 

As of 10 a.m. fire officials were still investigating the cause of the fire. 

Poplar Ridge Fire, Scipio Fire, Owasco Fire, Aurora Fire, Fleming Fire 1 and 2, Aurelius Fire, Auburn Fire, Union Springs Fire, King Ferry Fire and Cayuga Fire responded.

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Department and Southern Cayuga Ambulance were also at the scene. 


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BUSINESS
Springside Inn named one of 2017's 'best upscale hideaways' in the northeast

The Springside Inn has been chosen as one of this year's best retreats in the northeast United States. 

Earlier this month, travel blogger Malerie Yolen-Cohen published a list of the 18 best northeast hideaways in the Huffington Post, and as it turned out, the Springside Inn made the cut. 

One of three New York destinations on Yolen-Cohen's list, the Springside Inn was picked for its prime location near Owasco Lake. The article also cited the inn's history with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad as a big reason to visit. 

Built in 1851, the inn originally opened as a boys boarding school in the town of Fleming. Now owned by Sean and Beth Lattimore, it features seven rooms and offers guests a complimentary continental breakfast in their in-house restaurant, Oak & Vine. 

"Spend an enjoyable few minutes perusing the black and white photos on the walls, and you'll get a good idea of what the place looked like when first purchased, and the notables who have dined and stayed here," Yolen-Cohen wrote. 

As for the article, Sean Lattimore said he was shocked to see the Springside Inn mentioned in a nationally-known publication like the Huffington Post. While the inn has appeared in some travel magazines and blogs, he said the past attention it's received has been "nothing like this." 

"When we saw (the article), it was just so exciting," he said Tuesday in a phone interview with The Citizen. "We really do work hard to try to make sure that the guests are taken care of, but to land in a publication with such a huge following, I think it's a great thing for all of us." 

Lattimore said the article was "perfect timing" for local tourism, as the winter months are not really the in (or inn) season, so to speak. He said he and his wife hope the news will attract more guests to Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes as a whole. 

"We get a lot of writers that come in, but we never know what will turn up because of it," he said. "Our local tourism office does an incredible job bringing in people such as this writer (Yolen-Cohen) and tour group operators from all over ... and I think this shows it's a really exciting time for tourism here." 


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REGION
Taxes going up for most Cayuga County-area towns

Homeowners in most towns in the Cayuga County area can expect to see bigger property tax bills in 2018.

Of 25 town boards within Cayuga or just across the eastern county border, seven adopted budgets for next year that either decrease or maintain tax levies, the total amount of spending that is supported by property tax collections.

While most towns will increase their appropriations, 11 towns are decreasing their overall town appropriations. Budgets range from $601,576 to $3,825,486 with the overall average at $1,390,741. Tax levies range from $81,000 to $2,725,078, with the overall average at $406,968.

The town of Sterling has the sharpest appropriations increase by percent, at 44.8 percent, and the town of Springport had the greatest decrease by 11 percent. The town of Brutus has the sharpest increase in town tax levy by 14.8 percent, and the town of Conquest has the sharpest decrease by 13 percent.

Here's a roundup of local town budgets and tax levies, according to figures provided by the Cayuga County Office of Real Property services or, as in the cases of the Onondaga County towns of Elbridge and Skaneateles, individual town officials:

Aurelius: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,777,167, which is down from this year by $82,129 or 4.4 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $260,438, which is up $5,915 or 2.3 percent from this year. Aurelius does not plan to override the 2018 state-imposed tax cap.

Brutus: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,891,294, which is down from this year by $5,890 or 0.3 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $339,886, which is up $43,699 or 14.8 percent from this year. Brutus plans to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Cato: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,706,561, which is up from this year by $32,992 or 2 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $564,292, which is up $20,137 or 3.7 percent from this year. Cato does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Conquest: 2018 total town appropriations are $841,810, which is up from this year by $19,547 or 2.4 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $115,750, which is down $17,138 or 13 percent from this year. Conquest does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Elbridge: 2018 total town appropriations are $2,178,873, which is up from this year by $108,222 or 5.2 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $1,295,000, which is up $400 or 0.03 percent from this year. Elbridge does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Fleming: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,541,023, which is up from last year by $90,906 or 6.3 percent. Fleming does not have an amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes.

• Genoa: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,206,974, which is up from this year by $11,660 or 1 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $204,374, which is up $2,060 or 1 percent from this year. Genoa does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Ira: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,080,412, which is up from this year by $500 or 0.05 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $478,174, which is down $5,134 or 1 percent from this year. Ira does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Genoa: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,206,974, which is up from last year by $11,660 or 1 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $204,374, which is up $2,060 or 1 percent from last year. Genoa does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Ledyard: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,082,591, which is down from this year by $48,936 or 4.3 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $95,921, which is up $1,084 or 1.1 percent from this year. Ledyard does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Locke: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,105,451, which is up from this year by $116,947 or 11.8 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $449,066, which is up $1,872 or 0.4 percent from this year. Locke does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Mentz: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,058,464, which is down from this year by $112,729 or 9.6 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $239,299, which is the same as this year. Mentz does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Montezuma: 2018 total town appropriations are $601,576, which is up from this year by $53,921 or 9.8 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $147,031, which is up $15,442 or 11.7 percent from this year. Montezuma plans to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Moravia: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,093,519, which is up from this year by $166,635 or 18 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $455,156, which is up $17,506 or 4 percent from this year. Moravia plans to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Niles: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,442,475, which is down from this year by $231,612 or 13.8 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $92,300, which is up 1,800 or 2 percent from this year. Niles plans to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Owasco: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,889,792, which is down from this year by $110,315 or 5.5 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $134,325, which is up $12,200 or 10 percent from this year. Owasco plans to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Scipio: 2018 total town appropriations are $874,932, which is down from this year by $20,929 or 2.3 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $252,141, which is up $8,735 or 3.6 percent from this year. Scipio does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Sempronius: 2018 total town appropriations are $647,550, which is down from this year by $2,430 or 0.4 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $231,340, which is up $1,435 or 0.6 percent from this year. Sempronius does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Sennett: 2018 total town appropriations are $2,332,066, which is down from this year by $100,980 or 4.2 percent. Sennett does not have an amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes.

• Skaneateles: 2018 total town appropriations are $3,825,486, which is down from last year by $92,288 or 2.4 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $2,725,078, which is up $54,049 or 2 percent from last year. Skaneateles does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Springport: 2018 total town appropriations are $795,134, which is down from this year by $98,285 or 11 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $81,000, which is up $780 or 1 percent from this year. Springport does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Sterling: 2018 total town appropriations are $2,024,939, which is up from this year by $626,511 or 44.8 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $629,977, which is up $41,872 or 7.1 from this year. Sterling plans to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Summerhill: 2018 total town appropriations are $797,799, which is up from this year by $32,539 or 4.3 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $386,079, which is up $5,574 or 1.5 percent from this year. Summerhill does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Throop: 2018 total town appropriations are $796,960, which is up from this year by $60 or 0.01 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $181,000, which is down $900 or 0.5 percent from this year. Throop does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Venice: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,169,710, which is up from this year by $7,550 or 0.7 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $499,115, which is up $7,550 or 1.5 percent from this year. Venice does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.

• Victory: 2018 total town appropriations are $1,005,973, which is up from this year by $2,391 or 0.2 percent. The amount of town appropriations to be made up of real property taxes is $409,723 which is the same as this year. Victory does not plan to override the 2018 tax cap.


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FLEMING
4-car crash closes portion of South Street Road in Fleming

A portion of South Street Road in Fleming was closed Tuesday following a four-car crash that sent one person to the hospital. 

The crash was reported around at 11:54 a.m. in the vicinity of 5700 South Street Road in Fleming, outside the Sunoco gas station, according to Cayuga County 911. Police closed the street from Willowbrook Road to Sand Beach Road for about an hour while the accident was cleared. 

Fleming and Owasco fire departments responded to the scene. One person was transported to Upstate University Hospital for injuries.

The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time, Cayuga County 911 said.