Public Hearing video for 2013 Town budget

At the public hearing on November 8, 2012 the Cumberland Head Taxpayer’s Association, Inc. addressed the Town of Plattsburgh Town Board with their concerns about the budget. Click here for the link to this video and all our videos.  For your viewing ease I have listed some points on the “time-line” which might be of interest.

Speakers from the Cumberland Head Taxpayer’s Association, Inc.

10:45 Mr. Chandler Robinson

19:50 Mr. Richard Mudd

25:40 Mr. John St. Germain

30:05 Mr. Ken Cook

39:50 Mrs. Holly Sims

48: 46 Mrs. Marsha Cook

50:35 Mr. William Plympton

52:51 Mr. John Andrus

1:02:29 Mrs. Debbie Passno

1:05:07 Dr. David Hinsman

1:07 48 Mr. John St. Germain

1:35:13 Mr. Richard Mudd comment not visible on camera

Regular Town Board business

  • 1:37:13   The Town Board gets down to the weekly business beginning with errors in their website regarding notices of the public hearing. These errors were brought to their attention by a citizen. The Board was totally unaware of them.
  • 1:43:10   Mr. Bassett talks about street lighting, the issue Mr. Ken Cook brought to the public hearing.
  • 1:45:00   Mr. Mannix says that retired NYSEG employees have had their health insurance cancelled and implies that Mr. Cook’s presentation was based on “feelings” (and therefore shouldn’t be taken seriously).
  • 1:45:38   Mr. LaMoy states that NYSEG isn’t the same co. that Mr. Cook worked for…(implying that Mr. Cook is all wet). After all, “they cut all the linemen like Ken Cook out of the process”. Furthermore, NYSEG no longer had any street light crews.
  • 1:46:54   Mr. Wood talks about how important the Town historian is. This is to counter Mr. St. Germain’s suggestion of paying the historian a salary more in line with other Town historians. The Town of Plattsburgh historian gets $12,000 per year for a very, very, very part time job.
  • 1:49:36   Mr. Bassett mentions the financial impact of the Bass fishing tournaments on the Town (which the Town contributes nothing to!)
  • 1:50:40   Mr. Wood talks about how Town recreation facilities contribute to increase in sales tax revenue, tax revenue which the Town wishes to control themselves (read spend) instead of returning it to the County (resulting in the lowering of Town resident’s property taxes).
  • 1:51:22   Mr. Bassett mentions a letter from a CHTA member which Ducky Drake read in his radio commentary, broadcast on a day when “Important People” came to town.
  • 2:20:20   Mr. Bassett congratulates Mr. Renadette and Mr. Mannix for their work on the Ambulance service and makes certain to state that Mr. Mannix is at the Town Offices 4 days per week.  (Mr. St. Germain and Mrs. Sims both spoke of the bloated administrative wages and salaries including 12K / annum for “extra help” for the supervisor). As a paid public servant Mr. Mannix can work whenever he wishes. If he wishes to work 4 days/week as opposed to 3 or 2 does that merit extra pay?
  • 2:06   Here begins a discussion about the budget process.
  • 2:08:54   During this discussion about the budget process Mr. Mannix talks about being on Town Boards where the final budget was set prior to the public hearing (nothing new here). He also implies that in the past, budgets were faked, padded 17% or more, and then cut to make the Board look like heroes. At this point, 2:08:54 he slips and indicates whose administration he’s speaking of when he says “Art”, (whoops) meaning no other than previous Town Supervisor, Art Lefevre.
  • 2:10:56   Mr. Bassett mentions the finance manager as being a citizen on this occasion but a “smart citizen”. (Is this to imply that  citizens of lesser intelligence  addressed the board earlier?)
  • 2:11:40   The camera truck is mentioned here.
  • 2:13:39   Mr. Bassett says Tom Wood will get and will not get some of his proposed budget changes.
  • 2:14:18   Mr. Bassett says that the fact that the budget isn’t yet ready somehow underscores the fact that the Town isn’t bloated with fiscal management.
  • 2:14:24  Here they discuss the budget process again. It seems they really don’t get it. How can one adopt a a “final budget”  as the “final budget”?  The budget becomes the “final” budget after it is adopted!  For more on the budget process click here and/or click here and then go to page 46 of 81 pages.
  • 2:17:30 Mr. Bassett was waiting for someone to call him stating that they noticed that the tentative and preliminary budgets were the same. NO ONE DID!