Protect Taxpayers or Protect Fund Balance? A Question for Town of Busti Voters

Property taxes in the Town of Busti from 2012 to 2019 have shot up over 70%, more than 6% per year on average. A major reason for the large Town property tax increases over the past seven years has been the management of the Town’s Unappropriated Fund Balance often referred to as “rainy day funds.” It appears the Supervisor and most Town Board members feel protecting the Fund Balance is more important than protecting Town of Busti taxpayers from high property taxes.

Property taxes in the Town of Busti* from 2012 to 2019 have shot up over 70%, from $695,673 to $1,193,318, more than 6% per year on average. Meanwhile, Appropriations in the same period climbed 22%, from $2,499,683 to $3,052,541, or 3% per year on average. The large tax increases were far over the 2% tax cap most years and fell on all Town taxpayers, but the heaviest burden landed on those outside the Village.

Only in 2017 did Town taxpayers not face higher Town property taxes when Councilman Mueller’s budget amendments in late 2016 passed the Town Board and delivered no overall Town tax increase. Since that time Councilman Mueller opposed the 2018 and 2019 budgets because they raised property taxes, directly or indirectly**, over the tax cap. Continue reading “Protect Taxpayers or Protect Fund Balance? A Question for Town of Busti Voters”

Tax Rate Decreases in Lakewood’s Proposed Budget

Lakewood, NY’s tax rate decreases 8 cents per thousand in the proposed 2019-2020 tentative budget.

Village of Lakewood Deputy Mayor, Ted McCague, acting as Chief Budget
Officer, has filed the 2019-2020 tentative budget with the Village Clerk. The proposal recommends a tax rate of $7.91094 per thousand as compared to the present tax rate of $7.992758 per thousand which is a decrease of 8 cents per thousand. Continue reading “Tax Rate Decreases in Lakewood’s Proposed Budget”

Tinkering or Leadership

The Post Journal editor’s opinion column on February 19, 2019 took a shot at the Village of Lakewood again. In reality, the Village of Lakewood has an award-winning comprehensive plan that some of the village leaders are working tirelessly to implement. Read the rest of the story here in LakewoodNY Matters.

Once again Lakewood made the Post Journal editor’s opinion column.
The topic, yet another negative spin on projects undertaken in Lakewood and another negative shot at the work being done by the Chautauqua Alliance to address both lake issues and economic development in the area. Continue reading “Tinkering or Leadership”

Conservation Statement for Chautauqua Lake

Representatives of several area organizations and scientists, all concerned with the health of Chautauqua Lake, recently compiled a statement of the issues surrounding the lake’s health and condition. Chautauqua Lake’s watershed was the central focus. Utilizing a sustainable, science-based approach to lake management, opinions, ideas, and strategies were woven together to form this Conservation Statement for Chautauqua Lake

. Continue reading “Conservation Statement for Chautauqua Lake”

The Post Journal Missed the Mark on Lakewood’s Lowe Park Project

The editorial, printed in The Post Journal on February 6, 2019,
was chock full of misinformation and void of important facts. While the Lowe Park Project certainly won’t solve all the lake’s weed and algae problems, it’s a great start and can segue to other important projects with the ultimate goal of fixing Chautauqua Lake.

The editorial, printed in The Post Journal on February 6, 2019,
was chock full of misinformation and void of important facts. (http://www.post-journal.com/opinion/in-our-opinion/2019/02/lakewood-park-project-wouldnt-solve-weed-algae-issues-in-lake/ ) Continue reading “The Post Journal Missed the Mark on Lakewood’s Lowe Park Project”