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Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Aug 03

Comptroller Announces a .73% Tax Cap Part II

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 12:45 PM by PattiAnn Schultz

After meeting with all fourteen Department Heads that we have working on the 2016 Town of Webster Town budget, I am totally impressed with their knowledge and dedication in keeping taxes stable while maintaining the integrity of their department.

We have critical issues in a few departments that need to spend more money than in years past. In the area of public safety, the Police Department needs to hire more officers and we need to continue training and upgrading their equipment. Since former Chief Pickering left in January, we have had a difficult time finding lateral transfers to come to the Webster Police Department because our department’s standards are high.  For many reasons that I will not go in to here, we need to send more young officers to the police academy that is starting next year. This does cost extra money in our budget for wages, health care costs, pension costs, and equipment while they train. They will have six months at the police academy followed by at least six weeks of field training before they are allowed to be in a police car by themselves. The Town Board completely believes in training for our officers on an on-going basis and we want to do more of that in 2016.

Updated police equipment is another crucial part of the Webster Police Department. As more and more equipment is needed in police cruisers, the usual standard patrol car is just too small to handle all of the equipment needed.  This is especially the case when the rear spare tire is part of the safety feature of the car which then cuts down on trunk space.  So we have to now move to the much larger SUV that will accommodate the extra equipment and the extra computer equipment needed which raises the price of the vehicles greatly.

In the Highway Department we are facing some real challenges this year and in the coming years looking forward to 2017 and 2018. Equipment, which the Town of Webster has prided itself on maintaining in years past, is just getting old and needs to be replaced.  This replacement is at much higher prices than in the past. EPA regulations, cost of steel and the cost of tires have made prices for new trucks, bulldozers, sweepers, and backhoes come in at hundreds of thousands of dollars more for today’s investments in equipment.

For example: the town has three sweepers that travel our roads every single day sweeping our roads from mid April to November that are getting old fast. One is a 1992, another is a 1998, and the last is a 2003. The 1998 model we just replaced the hopper to the cost of $46,000.  The 1992 sweeper needs to be replaced now at a cost of over $200,000. The other two should be replaced,  one per year, over the next two years.

We have nine leaf machines out during leaf season that cost $19,400 each in 2013. Now in 2016 because of EPA regulations, and the price of steel these same machines cost $36,206 and a couple of them are over twelve years old and need replacement.  Now there are some who would say cut the leaf program, but let’s be real, if we did not pick up the leaves the town would have serious problems with leaves blocking drainage grates and then we would have flooding issues. 

The 1994 bulldozer, which is over 21 years old, had $14,000 of repairs recently and needs to be replaced to the tune of $140,000. The two backhoes, which are 2004 and 2011 models, were $46,000 each and are now $85,000 each to replace them.

We currently have 17 of the large plow trucks plowing snow in Webster during the winter. The oldest is a 2000 model and we replace one each year at a cost of $220,000 with a new plow. We must continue to purchase a new one every year because getting behind would mean expending $440,000 the next year just to continue to maintain our fleet. This past winter, one of the worst in years, it would have been nice to have five extra plow trucks because of the time it took to plow this past year’s heavy snow and the amount we got, but we are not advocating that.

On that note, we have already spent most of our entire snow plowing budget of one million one hundred dollars and we still have November and December to go in this calendar year. That gives us only $4,387.00 left in that budget line at this time. Let’s hope for no snow until January or we will have a deficit for our 2015 budget for snow plowing.

The State never tells you how much these programs cost in sending out these rebate checks or how much it costs the Governor’s office or Comptroller’s office to update and review the auditing.  They do not add in the time it takes the town to complete this mandate for the two additional steps each year to provide the state this information.

These are only a few examples of the problems we are having with the 2016 Budget within just two of our fourteen departments here at Town Hall.  While New York State promotes the Tax Cap and Tax Freeze programs, they have never asked local officials how this would impact the quality of services that your Town Board can provide to you, our taxpaying residents. The State has never asked at what cost to local services issuing a rebate check (which, again, is your own money being returned to you) was going to have long-term on our equipment and overall well being of the Webster community.

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

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor

 

Jul 27

Comptroller Announces a .73% Tax Cap

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 8:32 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

Yet again the residents of the town have been mislead by New York State ...

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Jul 20

It’s Christmas in July in many ways in and around town!

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 9:57 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

Town Board meetings on our Town Web site

Starting back in April, our new Director of Community Programming, Karen Buck, started putting Town Board meetings, and my monthly Electronic Town meetings, on our web site for residents to view at your leisure.  It was brought to our attention that finding the Town Board meetings on the new Time Warner cable line up was difficult for some residents, so Karen has made it her first priority to post them as soon as the meetings are over.

You can go to the town website www.ci.wbster.ny.us to watch the meetings at your convenience. 

As a reminder if you have a cable box the Town Board meetings are still on Cable Channel 12.  If you have a direct cable line in to your television, you can watch the Town Board meetings on station 98.4 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights. My Electronic Town Meetings are on the second Wednesday night of each month.

It’s Christmas in July in many ways in and around town! 

This weekend, July 25th and 26th, the Waterfront Art Festival will be held at North Ponds Park.  The festival is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day and there will be over 120 vendors on hand to show you their wares.  There will be a FREE shuttle service from Xerox to North Ponds Park both days. Please note that there will be no parking at North Ponds on the days of the events.

On Saturday you can also stop by the Webster’s Joe Obbie Farmers’ Market, located in the Webster Towne Center near the gazebo, and celebrate Christmas in July!  The market will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There will be Christmas cookies, refreshments and the Webster Village Band will be playing Christmas tunes.  You never know … Santa may even make an early appearance! 

After the market and enjoying the festival, spend the evening on Main Street in the Village at the Jazz Festival!  The Business Improvement District sponsors this event each year and it is a great time to visit with friends and enjoy some good music.

So take the time this weekend to enjoy the Waterfront Arts Festival at North Ponds Park, the Joe Obbie Farmers’ Market and join in the music at the Jazz Festival in the Village with family and friends!  What a fun way to have a great weekend in Webster.

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

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor


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