MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) — The advisory group tasked with developing solutions to help manage Chautauqua Lake’s health has voted not to form a Lake District and subsequent tax to fund solutions to improve the lake’s sustainability.

On Thursday evening, the Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency was set to review recommendations to fund lake protection efforts, which included the possibility of forming a new tax for those living in the lake’s watershed.

Stakeholders, and many county residents, spoke out ahead of the Mayville meeting expressing that the tax isn’t the way to go.

The pushback prompted some members of the advisory group to scrap the idea altogether.

By a majority vote the district plan recommendation was shot down alltogether.

All along, the group did not have specific authority to approve the creation of a Lake District, but rather, was authorized send a recommendation of its feasibility to the Chautauqua County Legislature.