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Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Sep 19

Town Budget for 2017

Posted on September 19, 2016 at 9:37 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

For the last two months the Town Board has been working with the town’s Department Heads in crafting a 2017 Budget that will meet the needs and services of our residents.

Under the New York State’s imposed 2% Tax Cap which is not 2% (it is 0.68 %) for the Town of Webster this year, we are allowed to increase the budget by $270,000 to stay under the Tax Cap.  This is not a lot of money in a $21 million budget especially when health care costs are still skyrocketing out of sight and threaten to be more than the $270,000 allotted.

The Town Board is still working and talking to our Department Heads in an on-going effort to not break the Tax Cap. We are still debating costs and needs in all areas of the budget.

The Supervisor’s Budget will be filed with the Town Clerk at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23rd.  The complete Town of Webster 2017 Budget, line by line with comparisons from to 2016 to 2017, will be in the Webster Herald that will be delivered to each home on October 13th. You will also be able to pick up a copy at the Town Hall or the Webster Public Library after October 17th.

The Public Hearing for the 2017 Budget will be held on Thursday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Webster Town Hall. During the public hearing residents will then have the opportunity to ask questions and give comments on the budget.  The final adoption of the Town of Webster 2017 Budget is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Webster Town Hall. The legal date for the final budget to be approved is December 20, 2017.

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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor

Sep 13

The Truth May Not be Popular but it Needs to be Said

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 10:44 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

I wrote a column a couple of weeks ago about N.I.M.B.Y (Not in My Back Yard) and many residents took it as I was referencing a specific project.  That was not my intention or my motivation if you read the complete article.

I was talking about development in the Town of Webster and the impacts in has on residents already living here. I mentioned Hard Road, Holt Road, Publisher’s Parkway and north of the expressway. You can blame me all you want for the words I wrote, but it does not take away from the facts about living in Webster, the development implications, and what residents can do themselves to solve some of the concerns that they have.   

With today’s economic climate we are seeing more and more Webster residents selling off their long held lands.  Most of these lands are being sold because of taxes and the difficulty some are having in paying them.  Unfortunately, this it is not going to go away anytime soon.

Facts that everyone needs to know and understand

Did you know that if you live west of Hard Road and live in the average $172,000 assessed home that you could be facing an increase in your taxes of $130.00 more per year soon?  If you live east of Hard Road, your tax rate will be $86.00 more.  Let me explain.

On the average a $172,000 home in Webster, the Fire District there is proposing a tax increase of $44.00 on your home if the district vote for a new firehouse (as proposed) is approved.

Second, the Webster Central School District just increased your tax rate by $0.30 cents per thousand on the tax bills being paid right now.  This amounts to another $51.00 per year on your $172,000 assessed home here in Webster.

Third, is the Webster Central School District proposal for another $45 million bond for work in and around the schools. This tax increase amounts to $25.00 per average $172,000 assessed home here in Webster. 

Fourth, currently the Town Budget for 2017 is projected to stay under the imposed NYS Tax Cap, but will increase town taxes by $0.06 cents per thousand on the average $172,000 home which will raise town taxes by $10.00.

So, residents on the west side of Hard Road will be paying $44.00 $51.00 $25.00 $10.00 = $130.00. Residents on the east side of Hard Road will be paying $51.00 $25.00 $10.00 = $86.00.

Now, I am I just presenting the facts and what you do with it is your business. Please do not shoot the messenger for showing you the details and also believing that these numbers impact everyone, especially those mentioned in the third paragraph.

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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor

Aug 22

N. I. M. B. Y.

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 10:47 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

This acronym is being used quite a bit here in Webster lately. For those that do not know what it means, it stands for Not In My Back Yard.  The reason I bring this up at this time is because Webster residents are increasingly becoming upset with development within the town that comes near to their home or business.   

One such development that has been in the news lately is the selling of farm land at Salt Road and State Road by Mr. Dean Schreiber. Mr. Schreiber has owned the land for many years and has the legal right to sell the land for farming, but residents are upset that he is even considering doing this. I am not talking about other aspects of the application here; I am talking about the basic rights of a landowner to sell his land for what the land is properly zoned for. The rights to a property come with the ownership of it, not one’s proximity to it.

Another property that soon will be in the news is property on Holt Road that has over 50 acres for sale right now in the $2 million price range. Someone, at sometime in the near future, will be purchasing that property and coming to the town to build senior housing, as that is what the property is zoned for. When that happens, I can guarantee that I am going to hear the outcries of NIMBY because trees may come down, wildlife will move on, traffic will increase, and Webster residents will be upset with government for not doing something to preserve these lands.

Case in point: the property on Hard Road that currently is being built into senior townhouses and senior apartment homes drew many comments as the land owner, who was a taxpayer for 20 on the property, sold his investment property for a profit to a developer. Many residents complained about losing trees, and one resident even told me I took dinner off his table because he could not hunt there anymore, which by the way, this was not his to hunt on.  Yet the only one that paid the taxes was the person who legally had the right to sell the land. However, many Webster residents screamed for government intervention to preserve the lands. Government is not always the answer to all of the problems.

This is happening more and more now in Webster as development in town continues and Webster residents scream NIMBY. It was OK when they where building their home, or the their business dreams, but now that someone else wants to enjoy what Webster living is about, and we should not allow it. 

Another reason I bring this up right now is that in my 21 years on the Town Board, the expectations of Webster residents on development in the town have hit a feverishly high demand of government that cannot be met.  If you truly want to preserve land and stop developments in the Town of Webster, you have two options. 

Option 1: have the Webster Town Board pass a bond to purchase all of the vacant lands in town so that all of the current available and developable land can never be further developed.  Please note that this is a very real option that will increase town taxes significantly.  However, you (the tax payer), will have all the open land.   

Option 2: you and your neighbors can purchase any piece of property that you deem to be subject to development. You can form a LLC Corporation amongst your neighbors, buy the land and pay the taxes.  This way you will have that space for your use as long as you have your home or business. 

Town government is handicapped on doing or stopping development within the town if the land is zoned for development as Holt Road is, Hard Road was, Publisher’s Parkway is, North of the Expressway is, along with other pieces in town.

So before you purchase a piece of property or are going to build in Webster, please stop in to the Building Department or my office for the facts on the surrounding areas that can be built on. Do not take the word of others that tell you, “That piece of land will be forever wild”, without documentation.   Get all of the facts before you buy so you do not end up being a NIMBY later. 

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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor


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