Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Jun 19

Vote on New Firehouse July 24

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

If you live east of Hard Road the North East Joint Fire District would like to build another firehouse at the corner of Phillips Road and Schlegel Road. Many people over the years have thought the Town Board controls fire and ambulance service in the town and as such sets the tax rate for these services. To set the record straight – the Town Board has nothing to do with fire or ambulance protection in the town or village.

Fire and ambulance protection functions are controlled by districts that were formed years ago and have their own Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners are voted on by you, the residents, in December of each year when their budgets are also voted on and passed by you, the residents. Many residents do not know or understand this process and complain to the town about the cost of this service after receiving their town/county tax bill in January.

At a special Town Board Workshop before the June 7th Town Board meeting, the North East Joint Fire District gave a presentation in which they described building a new 13,000 square foot firehouse which will cost around $5 million. They plan on taking out a 30 year bond to finance the project and the projected cost to the average taxpayer in the sixth year would be around $28.00 per year. This does not take into consideration any reduction in the Xerox assessment that could happen in future years.

Residents who are eligible to vote on this must live east of Hard Road. The vote will be held on Tuesday, July 24th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Webster Presbyterian Church located at 550 Webster Road. Again, this is your opportunity to have a say on tax increases in your town one way or another.

Last week’s column on Tax Assessments

My column last week certainly caused concern in the community over tax assessments in the Town of Webster and what the future in Webster over assessments might be. Within ten minutes of sending out my column I heard from the Democrat and Chronicle about what I had written.

The reason I wrote the column was to inform the Webster residents on an important development that was taking place in Webster to which I felt would be important to my constituents. I have always believed in open government and will always be forth coming to the residents on issues that should concern them.

As your Supervisor I will always be upfront with you and give you, the residents, all the firsthand knowledge I have on any and all issues that concern the town and village in which we live in.

As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us.

Ronald W. Nesbitt
Webster Town Supervisor