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Posted on October 20, 2016 at 3:51 PM by Steve Peace
I wrote a column a couple of weeks ago about N.I.M.B.Y (Not in My Back Yard) and many residents took it as I was referencing a specific project. That was not my intention or my motivation if you read the complete article.
I was talking about development in the Town of Webster and the impacts in has on residents already living here. I mentioned Hard Road, Holt Road, Publisher’s Parkway and north of the expressway. You can blame me all you want for the words I wrote, but it does not take away from the facts about living in Webster, the development implications, and what residents can do themselves to solve some of the concerns that they have.
With today’s economic climate we are seeing more and more Webster residents selling off their long held lands. Most of these lands are being sold because of taxes and the difficulty some are having in paying them. Unfortunately, this it is not going to go away anytime soon.
Facts that everyone needs to know and understand
Did you know that if you live west of Hard Road and live in the average $172,000 assessed home that you could be facing an increase in your taxes of $130.00 more per year soon? If you live east of Hard Road, your tax rate will be $86.00 more. Let me explain.
On the average a $172,000 home in Webster, the Fire District there is proposing a tax increase of $44.00 on your home if the district vote for a new firehouse (as proposed) is approved.
Second, the Webster Central School District just increased your tax rate by $0.30 cents per thousand on the tax bills being paid right now. This amounts to another $51.00 per year on your $172,000 assessed home here in Webster.
Third, is the Webster Central School District proposal for another $45 million bond for work in and around the schools. This tax increase amounts to $25.00 per average $172,000 assessed home here in Webster.
Fourth, currently the Town Budget for 2017 is projected to stay under the imposed NYS Tax Cap, but will increase town taxes by $0.06 cents per thousand on the average $172,000 home which will raise town taxes by $10.00.
So, residents on the west side of Hard Road will be paying $44.00 $51.00 $25.00 $10.00 = $130.00. Residents on the east side of Hard Road will be paying $51.00 $25.00 $10.00 = $86.00.
Now, I am I just presenting the facts and what you do with it is your business. Please do not shoot the messenger for showing you the details and also believing that these numbers impact everyone, especially those mentioned in the third paragraph.
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Ronald W. Nesbitt