Mayor says Port Jervis in growth mode

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Mayor Kelly Decker with his wife and mother.

PORT JERVIS – The City of Port Jervis is on the move, Mayor Kelly Decker said after being sworn in for a third term in office on New Year’s Day.

He noted that homeownership is up, building permits are soaring, events and amenities are bring people into the city to visit, and in many instances relocating there.

Affordable housing remains a plus for Port Jervis, along with its tax rate, Decker said. “I know a lot of people complain about New York State and their taxes, but if you do your research, Port Jervis has the lowest taxes for the services that are rendered in the entire tri-state area, including a stable tax rate, which is only going to grow,” he said.

Decker also pointed to a solar farm being developed on the old city dumpsite that is projected to save as much as $240,000 a year in city energy costs, the annexation of two Town of Deerpark parcels for future economic development, the relining of sewer pipes to extend their life, and sidewalk replacement downtown.