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Town of Seneca Falls 2021 Preliminary Budget

- Click here for 2021 Preliminary Budget (.pdf)

Halloween Walk in the Park 2020

Sponsored by the Town of Seneca Falls Parks & Rec Department in conjunction with the Seneca Falls Business Association.

DATE: Saturday, October 31st
TIME: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
PLACE: People’s Park, Water St.
REGISTRATION: Download Form (.doc)

Join us for our 1st Halloween Walk in the Park!! Seneca Falls residents only please. There is no fee for this program. All participants must register at the Community Center NO LATER THAN MON. OCT. 26th.

We have a registration table & drop box in the entrance to the Rec Center or feel free to mail to 35 Water St. This event will follow CDC guidelines. You will sign-in upon arrival & have your temperature taken. All are required to wear a mask and social distance while trick-or-treating. You must stay with your family and keep a safe distance from other groups. There will be no congregating. We will have volunteers to assist with the necessary rules in place. There will be tables setup throughout People’s Park and you will be required to walk with your child to each table for treats! IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, HAVE A FEVER OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19, PLEASE STAY HOME.

A message to Citizens from
Town of Seneca Falls Supervisor Mike Ferrara

We are currently preparing the 2021 Town budget. Budget workshops are scheduled for October 20 and 26, 5:30 in the Town Office. Masks are required.

There will be a Budget, Public Hearing held on Thursday, November 5, prior to the Town’s regularly scheduled November meeting, located at the Community Center.

Overview of the Tentative Budget:

Spending is down about 7.5%. How did this happen?

  • Staff reductions

  • Saved over $60,000 by replacing commercial refuse pickup with Town personnel exclusively

  • Saved over $40,000 in phone service, internet, and cable charges. Discontinued service to phones that were out of use in Town owed properties and utilizing a new company called CBN utilizing less expensive rates

  • Reduced spending in other departments as much as possible with no impact on services

Even with the reduced spending outlined above, the tax rate will reflect a 43% increase. Why?

  • There is no Landfill revenue currently appropriated to the budget

  • The 2020 budget utilized 1.4 million in Landfill revenue to offset expenses in the Highway Department, Parks and Recreation Department, and Vince’s Park

  • The additional Landfill revenue was allocated to Reserve Funds to provide the necessary resources for infrastructure projects

  • The Board will ultimately need to make the decision to increase taxes or utilize landfill revenue to offset the increases

What else has the Town Been Working on in 2020?

  • Local laws have been passed to improve parking and make signage consistent with parking codes

  • Two Local laws are pending that were created to encourage development in our downtown area by removing parking restrictions and allow for multiple apartments on building floors above the Fall Street level

  • The Town worked through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and are waiting for the final project announcement from New York State

  • The Town is in the process of selling 115 Fall Street to increase our revenues and to eliminate over $8,000 in yearly expenses. In addition, this property will now go back on the tax rolls

  • Formed a Citizens Advisory Committee to explore the benefits of having a Town Manager

  • Formed a Citizens Committee to examine the current zoning laws to bring the Town into the 21 Century

  • Developed a Local Law to deal with fire pits. Our current code is outdated and if enforced, everyone currently having an outside fire at their home, would be in violation

  • Continuing to work on a strategy to repair the culvert on West Bayard Street

  • Repaired existing culverts on East Bayard Street and Garden Street which have been neglected for over 10 years

  • Continuing to review the Town’s best options for a new sewer line that will tie into the Western Sewer District including 318 and 414

  • Completed a major project that relined existing sewer lines to help alleviate storm water entering the sewer system. This was a 3.3-million-dollar project

  • Finalized the engineering to replace the Equalization Tank at the Sewer Treatment Plant to better handle overflow of storm water that enters the system. This is a 5.8-million-dollar project

  • Finalized the Phase II sidewalk project that will provide new sidewalks at the Frank Knight School area neighborhood. This project is similar to the sidewalk project completed at the Cady Stanton School neighborhood

  • Created a Police Reform Committee to develop a comprehensive plan based on the Governor’s recommendations that must be in place by April of 2021

  • In the process of installing a backup generator at the Auburn Road Water Tower

  • Started discussion through the Waste Management Committee to incorporate a comprehensive environmental plan for the Town of Seneca Falls. This plan would enhance recycling for our community members, provide the opportunity to take organic materials out of the landfill (from our community) and begin the movement to reduce our “footprint” on the environment

  • All of this happened as we are dealing with the worst global pandemic since 1918


Town Highway Dumping & Dumpster Rentals suspended until further notice


2020 Fountain Dedication


Seneca County Police Reform Forum in Seneca Falls


Notice of Bond Resolution

A resolution adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Seneca Falls on September 1, 2020 authorizes a project consisting of the increase and improvement, aquisition and construction of a new equalization tank...
- Click here for the full Bond Resolution (.pdf)

NYSDOT Office of Civil Rights

The documents below are Town adopted and include Title VI Non-Discrimination Assurances and the Policy Statements which support those assurance.
- Signed 2020 Dyandard Title VI Non Discrimination Assurances
- Signed DBE Policy Statement
- Signed EEO Policy Statement
- Signed LEP Policy Statement
- Signed M WBE Policy Statement

Town of Seneca Falls Adopted 2020 Budget

- Click here to download the 2020 Town of Seneca Falls Budget (.pdf)

Notice of Filing of Completed Assessment Roll for 2020

Notice of filing completed Assessment Roll with the Town Clerk (Pursuant to Section 516 of the Real Property Tax Law).

Notice is hereby given that the undersigned Sole Assessor for the Town of Seneca Falls, in the County of Seneca, for the year 2020 has finally completed and certified the Assessment Roll. A certified copy thereof, was filed with the Town Clerk for the Town of Seneca Falls, 130 Ovid Street, Seneca Falls, N.Y., on the 1st day of July 2020, where the same will remain open to public inspection during regular business hours.

Dated this 1st day of July, 2020
Deborah L. Von Wald
Assessor, Town of Seneca Falls


SFPD COVID-19 Operational Protocol

As CIVID-19 continues to evolve, so does the required Seneca Falls PD response protocol. Effective immediately, all non-emergency incidents, depending on the nature, that require law enforcement involvement will be handled over the telephone in order to limit contact. On calls requiring law enforcement response, officers may ask you to step outside, in order to create the recommended six feet of social distancing. Understand that if you call E-911 for any reason, dispatchers have instituted new call screening protocols to help identify potential COVID-19 cases. For additional up to date information the New York State Department of Health has issued an informational document that offers guidelines to best address the recent Corona Virus outbreak. Included in this document are a list of resource guides to better prepare for this continued health emergency.

To view this document, visit:

Please be patient with all of our first responders. These new response protocols are temporary and are in place to protect our first responders as well as the community we serve. Our goal is to ensure our staff remains healthy and available to provide the quality of service that our residents and visitors expect.

2019 Seneca Falls Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

To comply with State regulations, the Town of Seneca Falls, annually issues a report describing the quality of your drinking water. The purpose of this report is to raise your understanding of drinking water and awareness of the need to protect our drinking water sources. Last year, your tap water met all State drinking water health standards. This report provides an overview of last year’s water quality. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to State standards.
- Click here for the full report (.pdf)

Bridgeport Fire District Meeting Schedule for 2020

Please take notice that the monthly meetings of the Bridgeport Fire District Board of Fire Commissioner’s Fire District of the Town of Seneca Falls, County of Seneca, New York, will be held at the Red Jacket Fire House at 2528 Lower Lake Road in Seneca Falls. All meetings will commence at 7 o’clock p.m. on that day. You can find posted meeting minutes here.
On the Following dates for 2020:
February 11, 2020
March 10, 2020
April 14, 2020
May 12, 2020
June 9. 2020
July 14, 2020
August 11, 2020
September 8, 2020
October 13, 2020

November 10, 2020
December 8, 2020

Seneca Falls Rings In 2020


Thanks for another Wonderful Weekend in Seneca Falls!


Water Bill Collection

Water bills are now being accepted in the Water Department from 8:30 am till 4 pm. Same building, 130 Ovid Street. This is being done to help make this an easier process for all involved, also a drop box is being installed for after hours convenience to our residents.

Seneca Falls Court Occupancy Update

Due to Fire Code issues, the Seneca County Fire Marshall has temporarily set the occupancy of the Seneca Falls Court room to a maximum of 49 individuals.


Day Court Office Hours

The Day Court Office Hours are 9 A.M. to 1 P.M., Monday through Friday.

Stay Informed on emergency issues with Hyper-Reach

The Seneca Falls Water Department will use, the "Hyper-Reach" emergency telephone notification system to inform residents of emergency water issue such as, boil water advisories and water conservations needs, as a way to reach residents quicker when an issues arises. This is the same system that the Seneca Falls Police Department uses in conjunction with the Seneca County and the Sheriff’s Department. Mobile/cell phone users must register for this service in order to receive notification. Users have the option to receive audio messages, text messages or both along with an email alert. Registration takes a few minutes and all information is kept confidential. All hardline users will automatically receive these notifications. Click here to register.

Sewer Inspections Now Required

Effective immediately: The Town of Seneca Falls through combination of the old “Village” and “Town” of Seneca Falls Codes has created one uniform code, applicable to all residents. Inflow / Infiltration Inspections (Aka Sewer Inspections) are now required to be completed on all properties in Seneca Falls and all areas serviced by the public sewer of the Town. Procedure dictates (§230-64), that inspection be completed prior to the transfer of a property and to comply with code §230, Articles IV and VIII. The main purpose of the inspection requirement is to prevent stormwater from entering the wastewater sewer system that is ultimately treated at the Town’s wastewater treatment plant. This is required to ensure compliance with the NYS Department of Conservation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Water and Sewer Codes, please contact the Water Department at (315)568-6211. All Code questions can be research at or you can contact the Zoning & Code Enforcement Officer at (315)568-8013 for information.

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