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Posted on January 16, 2017 at 10:59 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
It has been a reoccurring message from Governor Cuomo for years that Town and Village municipalities are the problem for high taxes in New York State. Well, I am here to tell the Governor is wrong and does not know what he is talking about. When was the last time he sat down with the Supervisors from Monroe County to talk about taxes or any other problem like the Safe Act? The answer to that question would be never.
The Town of Webster has inter-municipal agreements with the Village of Webster, County of Monroe, the Webster Central School District, and New York State to share equipment and employees whenever needed which save each municipality money. When was the last time you saw a Monroe County plow truck plowing snow? You will not because they do not have any trucks because the towns and villages plow the county roads under a municipality agreement. The Town of Webster and Village of Webster constantly share equipment related to highway and sewer as we both strive to save taxpayers’ dollars. We have plans in place for efficiency but the Governor fails to understand how these plans work or saves the towns and villages money.
In the whole content of Governor Cuomo’s speech he never once mentions what is at the heart of the high taxes in every town in Monroe County which would be school taxes. Right here in Webster the 2017 Tax dollar is spent like this: 13% for Town taxes, 25% for Monroe County taxes, and 62% for Webster Central School District taxes. So, Governor, who is spending all the money? It certainly is not the Town of Webster, but you want us to cut our 13% while you continue to give the school district millions of dollars in state aid while school enrollment in Webster is down over 300 students since 2010.
How about the fact that the Webster Central School District, for 2016-2017, is receiving $47 million in State/BOCES Aid and the Town of Webster receives just over $100,000 in state aid. This just goes to show Webster residents that your tax dollars are supporting the services that you want and need. The State of New York helps out the Town of Webster very little in our budget needs yet the Governor wants us to cut taxes.
Or better yet Governor Cuomo, how about getting the programs that you have all ready initiated to work properly? The latest failure is the Property Tax Relief check that many Webster residents have not received yet and need to spend hours on the phone to try and figure out where their rebate check is. Or perhaps Governor you could figure out the new STAR program where residents are not getting the proper refunds back for their school taxes. Or, even better, how about taking STAR away from the local authorities and back to the State of New York so the towns would not have to deal with the high costs of these burdensome programs you put into place which are called state mandates? Instead you might consider LOWERING New York State taxes and income taxes across the state instead of playing games with all these rebate programs before election time to enhance your chances of winning again.
The Town of Webster runs a tight budget here and the Town Board monitors revenues and expenses very carefully to maintain a reasonable and constant tax rate that provides the needed services to our community. In my 22 years on the Town Board the town tax rate has gone up $0.68 cents per thousand; that is an average $0.03 cents per thousand over 22 years. Show me any other entity like Monroe County, Webster School District or New York State that has a record like that or how someone else could improve on that record.
If Governor Cuomo would like to understand Webster town government or town government in Monroe County, there is a monthly meeting of the 19 municipalities and I am sure he would be welcomed to attend and hear firsthand how municipalities really work.
As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt
Posted on January 9, 2017 at 10:21 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Governor Cuomo recently announced a plan for free tuition, but it will only cost $163 million when fully implemented. How in the world is this free to the New York State taxpayer?
When will our elected officials in Albany understand that nothing in government is free as the taxpayer always pays? The taxpayer is government, and without the taxpayer there isn’t government, right?
So, Assemblyman Johns and Senator Helming please understand that this New York State free tuition plan is not free; it is using other people’s money to finance someone else’s education and it is not right. The State of New York just loves to spend taxpayer’s dollars in the most out of the ordinary ways.
A good example of this is the recent mailing of the Property Relief checks to residents. Some residents still have not received a check, while others, like myself, received only the Property Relief portion of the check and not the Property Freeze part. On top of that all the extra money New York State spent on paper to print the checks, postage, and employees then and now researching why someone did not get a check. This is a waste of taxpayer dollars when all it would take to accomplish the same goal is to lower taxes over all in New York State instead of these gimmicks legislators like to implement.
We the taxpayer must speak up and not allow this unnecessary spending of our tax dollars to go on. Recently articles have been printed that more residents are leaving New York State than coming to New York State. I believe, quite frankly, it is because taxes are too damn high. We all must speak and vote to prevent this from continuing.
Posted on January 3, 2017 at 11:36 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
As some residents might have seen in the newspaper, on December 26th there were two men that were arrested in Webster because they failed to have a peddler’s permit as they went door to door for solicitation.
In the Town of Webster all peddlers must obtain a peddler’s permit from the Town Clerks Office. The application fee is $100.00 for each company, $75.00 for each person for a three month period, and $30.00 for each additional month per person. There is also a waiting period after applying for a permit while a police background check is completed on the applicant.
Peddlers are asked to display the permit on their person in a visible manner when going door to door. If a peddler is found to be soliciting without a permit, a report should be made to the police by calling 9-1-1. We encourage you to call if you have any questions about the peddler coming to your door.
Exemptions to the above include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church groups, or political groups who do not need to have a permit. However, we strongly suggest that parents accompany their Boy Scout and Girl Scout when going door to door.
For more information on peddler permits please call the Town Hall at 872-1000 and request assistance from the Town Clerk’s Office.
Beginning in 2017 the Town Clerk’s Office will be listing active peddler permits with expiration dates on the Town of Webster web site. That site is www.ci.webster.ny.us. As of today there are no active peddler permits on file at the Town Clerk’s Office and no door to door solicitation should be happening in Webster right now legally.