Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Mar 17

Property Tax Freeze by the Governor a Bust?

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

The Governor lately has been on the TV and in press conferences promoting his idea of residents getting a property tax freeze check in the mail if municipalities agree to consolidation and sharing of services into the future.

Well, if you have lived in Webster for any length of time you already know that the Town of Webster, Village of Webster, County of Monroe and the Webster Central School District share all kinds of agreements to promote savings. 

Regardless of who has been Supervisor, Mayor, County Executive or Superintendent of Schools, the four of us have been, for the past twenty years, sharing all kinds of services between us. Whether it be sharing equipment, man power, facilities, or just plain cooperating together on anything to do with making Webster better, we have done it.

Now the Governor has stated that any of the services the four of us have been committed to in the past twenty years does not count going forward on his new property tax freeze rebate program.  Is the Governor kidding me?  What more would he like the four municipalities to do to save the Webster residents tax dollars? The Governor is so vague about the program that it is hard for us to discern how to administer it.  However, on TV he makes it sound like the residents of the state are in for a big wind fall check if we all cooperate.

This is just another giveaway program by the Governor with no teeth into the program but good for sound bites on TV.  If he wanted to really help New York State residents how about we do away with the state tax on health care policies or take away the energy tax on electric and gas rates. Both of these would do more good to help New York State residents than the property tax freeze. This would also be a direct savings to the taxpayer without going through four municipalities to save tax payers dollars.

I am hoping the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly can see through this flawed proposal and vote against funding it and better yet put that money towards direst savings to the taxpayer.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the Town of Webster, Town of Penfield and the Village of Webster have joined forces to hold an appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  This collection will take place at the Penfield Department of Public Works, 1607 Jackson Road, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Most HHW (paint, flammables and other chemicals from home-use) is safe when used and stored properly. When they become unwanted and are disposed of improperly, these household wastes can become environmental hazards.

To ensure safety and reduce waiting times, appointments are required at all HHW collections.  Appointments for this HHW collection will be accepted until April 18th. To schedule an appointment, Webster residents should call 872-1443 (Monday thru Thursday, 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.), Penfield residents can call 340-8710 or go on-line to http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw to schedule your appointment. This Household Hazardous Waste collection is open to all Monroe County residents. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.

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