DRYDEN, N.Y. – Dryden residents voted no on the proposed $72,000 land purchase, during a referendum vote Tuesday night.

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A total of 2,124 people turned out for the special vote, with 1,188 people voting no and 936 people voting yes on the issue.

The 15-acres land of land – currently a privately owned space near Pinckney Road — was purposed to be bought by the town as an investment in a natural area.

Town Supervisor Jason Leifer said last week that officials were hoping to apply for grants to enhance the east side area of the town. Some additions he mentioned could have been a dog park, playground ball parks and walking trails.

Opponents to the plan said the purchase was unnecessary and would negatively impact local services that are partially funded though taxes on the land, taxes the town would not have to pay.

Dryden’s recreation fund, which currently has about $306,000 in it, would have footed the bill for the purchase. The land acquisition would reduce the amount to about $250,000.

The county had committed to pitch in $15,000 for the purchase in an effort to help preserve the bordering Fall Creek waterway, meaning $57,000 would have come from the fund.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.