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Posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Last Thursday night I appeared in front of the Monroe County Charter Committee who is looking at changing parts of the Monroe County Charter that have not been looked at since 1992.
My interest, as your Supervisor, was in the part of the Charter that states that Webster tax payers should pay for the Monroe County Sheriff’s road patrol that does not patrol in the Town of Webster.
As you know, we have an outstanding Webster Police Department that costs $5.5 million a year and provides great service to the Webster residents. While we are happy to have the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department as a partner in solving crime, we should not expect to pay for services that Webster taxpayers are not receiving.
We expect to pay for the K-9 patrol, scuba detail, Monroe County Deputies servicing the courts, or the Sheriff’s patrolling the Irondequoit Bay. These are costs that all Monroe County residents should pay for. However, the Webster community should not have to pay for subsidizing the Sheriff’s road patrol for other towns in Monroe County like Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford, Henrietta, Chili, Riga and Rush who do not have their own police departments and who rely on the Sheriff road patrols in their towns.
I believe that if it is possible for the County Legislators to pass a budget which figures out how much snowing plowing to charge back to Webster residents for plowing county roads in Webster, I am sure that the county can figure out how to give the Webster residents a credit on their county tax bills for the Sheriff’s road patrol we don’t use. There are also other incidents, like charges for MCC and sales tax credits on our county tax bill that the County can seem to figure out.
In the past year, the Webster Police Department has responded to 72 calls for service in Penfield when the Sheriff’s road patrol could not respond with a Sheriff’s car and Webster took the call. The Town of Webster has no legal obligation to take these calls outside of the Webster boundaries but we do it for the health, welfare, and safety of all Monroe County residents.
If the Monroe County Charter cannot be changed, then I will be left with no choice but to start billing Monroe County for services rendered when the Webster Police take calls in Penfield. After all this is only fair when Monroe County is charging Webster residents for a service that the Sheriff’s are not performing at this time.
To have your Webster representatives to the County Legislature speak up for you, the Webster tax payer, on this issue, please contact the Hon. Carmen F. Gumina at Monroe8@monroecounty.gov, and the Hon. E. Daniel Quatro at Monroe15@monroecounty.gov.
If you would like to read my complete text from the meeting on Thursday, February 27th, please go to the town web site at www.ci.webster.ny.us and look under Supervisor’s Column.
COMIDA – Where the Giving Never Stops
Last week I mentioned in my column about a Webster business that was in the COMIDA program and had defaulted and was behind on its PILOT tax payments to the Town, School District, County, and Village.
I had mentioned that we had not heard back from officials at COMIDA and where waiting to hear about our next steps to recoup our tax dollars. Well, I cannot make this stuff up, but what happen last week is nothing short of a complete and utter disgrace by COMIDA about the Webster taxpayer’s tax dollars.
First we get an email from the COMIDA attorney that states that the company that went under might have a buyer and if we waited we might get our back taxes or did we want to terminate the PILOT agreement. I told the Town Clerk to email the attorney back and tell them to terminate the contract by Friday, February 28th.
Next we hear that the termination cannot be done by February 28th because the COMIDA Director is out of town and no one else within the COMIDA organization can sign papers. I find this very difficult to comprehend as when I am not able to sign a contract, I have a Deputy Supervisor that is legally able to do so, and I know that the County Executive has a Deputy County Executive that is able to do the same. I find it incomprehensible that COMIDA does not have anyone on staff that can sign papers except for the Director.
We need to stand together for what is right for the tax payers of the Webster community.
As always, if you should 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