TRICK OR TREAT: You Decide Which It Is

Public budget workshops are now complete and according to a “revised” resolution, #014-344 to be voted on by the Town Board on 10-20-14 the Town Board is no longer considering giving themselves raises. An affirmative vote on this resolution will keep them from raising their salaries.

Resolution

So what happened?

Bassett actually said on WNBZ radio that a press release (click here or the above Press Republican headline to read it yourself) last year “misinterpreted” the early numbers as a horrendous tax increase and the public was rallied. Now please tell me, who sends out press releases? If it was properly written how was it misinterpreted? And was a 47% tax levy increase horrendous or not?  In response to the public disturbance they cut town board salaries by 9.7% and cut the Supervisor’s salary by a whopping 2. 7%. This year, however, Bassett thought it would be a good idea to restore these salaries to 2013 levels!
Which begs the question, what have these so called public “SERVANTS” done to merit a raise? Did they run for office to enrich themselves or did they run because they genuinely wanted to “SERVE”? Have they been good stewards of the town finances? (All town tax rates with the exception of the highway tax rate, and that’s not yet finalized, are increasing for 2015 yet again.) And do they sufficiently do their homework before they decide to do things that increase costs to the taxpayers like consolidating the street lighting districts (please click) without first having all the facts and figures…like the cost of electricity? Yes, that’s correct, the cost of electricity.

Have a quick read of Basset asking Dave at NYSEG (please click) why the Town is having to pay them so much money for electricity when they figured they were going to save a bundle.  Dave tells Basset that he would have known better if he had asked the right questions.

The 2015 preliminary budget will be out by Halloween!!! The public hearing on that budget will take place on November 6th at 7:05 PM at the Town Hall.  You will be able to find the preliminary budget posted on the CHTA website, on the Town website or you can pick one up at the Town Clerk’s office.  Take some time to decide if it’s acceptable to you.  And consider making your views known.

In the meantime, remember to vote in the General Elections on November 4th.  Your vote is your voice.