Florida farmers may get vote of confidence


FLORIDA >> Local farmers may get a vote of confidence Friday when voters will weigh a Right-To-Farm bylaw at town meeting.

Florida's annual town meeting is set for Friday at 7 p.m. at the Florida Senior/Community Center, 367 Mohawk Trail.

According to Town Administrator Christine Dobbert, there has been an influx of home buyers "from the city," and it seemed time to assert the agricultural nature of the town.

"We have a lot of small farms here, and we wanted to be sure they have the right to farm without their neighbors complaining about the noise or the smell," Dobbert said.

The bylaw requires anyone who buys land in town be informed that it is a right-to-farm town and there may be agricultural related activities that may cause noise or acute aromas.

"That way, nobody can say they didn't know there was a farm there after they buy a place in town," Dobbert said. "We have some people moving here from the city for the peace and quiet, so we just want to protect the farmers' rights."

Other articles on the town meeting warrant seek the authorization to spend a total of $3.3 million for town operations.

That includes $1.4 million for schools, and another $169,654 for McCann Technical School.

Dobbert said the budget may result in a "slight" tax increase.

"Our increases are never huge," she said. "Pretty much everything is level-funded."


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