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Posted on March 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM by PattiAnn Schultz
I know that I need to get out more when on a Saturday
night I spend it watching the Webster Central School District budget hearing
from March 6th on Cable Channel 15. After watching this budget
presentation from some of the Department Heads, I have come to the conclusion
that if the School District can spend $143,000 per year for publications sent to
Webster households, then they should, like the Webster Town Board does, be able
to provide their budget in a line-by-line format so the Webster resident can completely
see how each dollar is spent.
The Town of Webster provides a line-by-line outline to
each home each year during the budget process.
I am sure that the School District could do the same with the Webster
Herald, the “official newspaper” of the district. This way everyone would have a better
understanding of the budget before voting, don’t you agree?
The current format of lumping all costs together,
like in the case of athletics, really does not give the taxpayer any
transparency into the departments and the costs associated with each. In the town’s budget you get to see what each
Department Head is making in regards to salaries, and what the expenses and revenues
are for each department.
I think this would be helpful to the Webster
taxpayer in making this all important decision come May don’t you? When you are
talking about a budget over $150 million don’t you think you deserve a line-by-line
explanation with cost figures? After all, the Town of Webster provides this
type of budget information to you and our budget is only $20 million.
Now that the snow is beginning to melt and we can
see pavement again, my office and the Highway Department has received many
phone calls about the pot holes on Ridge Road (Route 404). This road is a New
York State road and, unfortunately, these repairs are the responsibility of New
York State. To voice your concerns about the pot holes, please call 586-4514. The Town of Webster Highway Department cannot
do work on a state road without prior approval and monies coming from the
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 email@example.com