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Posted on August 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
In regards to Mr. Wohlrab’s editorial regarding town-wide reassessments in 1997, 2000 and 2004 he is correct that we did those in that time frame but not all assessments went up. You see when the town does a reassessment approximately one third of the parcels go up in assessment, one third go down in assessment and one third stay the same. So two thirds of the properties in the 1997, 2000, and 2004 were not affected by the reassessment of the town. Now the disclaimer here is that these numbers can sway a little both ways but you get the general picture. Also, in many of my previous columns I have mentioned the 1997, 2000, and 2004 reassessments but column space does not allow me to mention it every time I write an article.
What Mr. Wohlrab did not mention was that every year after a town-wide reassessment the Town of Webster dropped the tax rate because we acquired more assessment from doing the reassessments. In that same breath the Webster Central School District raised the tax rate every single time the town did a reassessment thus gaining more revenue for them to spend.
Since 2010, when the school budget was $138 million to 2016 when the new school budget will be $158 million that is $20 million more in seven years. Another $8 million was gained from the loss of student population in the same period (500 students times $17,000 per year to educate just one student) so where in the world did $28 million go in seven years?
The $28 million number in seven years is more than the whole Town of Webster budget! In that same time frame for comparison (six years), the town budget went from $20,000,401 to $21,896,114. So when it comes to spending taxpayers’ dollars in Webster, Mr. Wohlrab is right that 63% of your tax dollars go to the Webster Central School District compared to the 12% the Town of Webster uses.
The funniest thing I read on social media this week:
When is the Town of Webster going to stop building all these condos? Answer: The Town of Webster does not allow the building of condos because they are not permitted under the Town Code.
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Ronald W. Nesbitt