MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – Plans to clean and protect Chautauqua Lake are drawing some criticism from the community.
The Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency held a public information meeting on Wednesday evening to gather input from property owners regarding the project.
Potential sources of funding were discussed at the meeting, with the ultimate goal being to maintain a clean attraction for residents and tourists to enjoy.
Many in attendance at the meeting suggested a county-wide tax to go towards lake preservation efforts. Consultants, however, proposed taxing parcels within the lake’s watershed. This, in combination with a lack of representation, upset several residents.
“How many of those people live on the lake that are considering taxing us? One person,” a concerned audience member told consultants. “I think the people on the lake and the people in the watershed should be the people voting, not somebody in the legislature or you guys up in Buffalo.”
Thanks in part to a large turnout at last night’s forum, organizers are planning to hold another meeting to hear from the public this November.