Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Mar 10

Watching the School Budget Workshop

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.

Pot Holes

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 state.

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  

Ronald W. Nesbitt