Apparently, it has once again caught the attention of the Observer Dispatch because as a follow-up story they wrote another article in today's paper, "Tyksinski: City of New Hartford still possible".
However, has Supervisor Tyksinski really done his homework on this one or is he just blowing more smoke?
According to the article:
"To move forward, the measure would have to be put to vote by the state Assembly and Senate. After that, it would be subject to local public hearings and a referendum, the process taking a couple of years to complete."Just that easy, Supervisor? I don't think so...I do believe that you are putting the cart before the horse! I think you better go back to the drawing board...this is a decision that has to be made by more than a couple of people sitting behind closed doors like the comprehensive plan was done. The "there are too many changes to explain to you" excuse will not suffice this time, sir!
The last city formed in New York State was the city of Rye in 1942 when the village of Rye decided to form a city. That is one village deciding to change its form of government.
The New Hartford scenario is quite different...we are a town that contains two villages. Villages are their own government and the town cannot pass legislation that affects a village unless the village agrees.
First thing that would be needed is to create a city charter outlining how the city would be run; what type of city government (there are several) what powers would be granted to each level of the city government, who would lead the "new" government, etc. Done correctly, that is no easy task as evidenced by the years other towns/villages have taken to put together their charter only in the end to decide to not go ahead with their plan to become a city.
It is the charter in its final form that would then be voted on by the taxpayers of each village and the town proper and only IF 51% of the taxpayers in each municipality voted to become a city, the charter would be sent to the state legislature for approval. In other words, it would first take both villages desiring to dissolve to join the town to form the city or it cannot happen.
What in heaven's name makes Supervisor Tyksinski think that 51% of the taxpayers in the Village of New Hartford; 51% of taxpayers in the village of New York Mills; and 51% of the taxpayers in the town proper would vote to become one as a city? Especially when everyone finds out just what being a city means and the differences between a city and a town or village!
What would become of the remaining village of New York Mills residents that live in Whitestown?
Bottom line, becoming a city is not an overnight project, my friends, and if you have been following along on my blog, you will realize that short of a miracle, this town is headed for a tax hike...we are running out of special districts to "borrow" money from to pay the bills.
When a sewer district has to start paying bills for stormwater remediation that is done by a contractor hired by the supervisor without going to bid, you better believe we are in trouble.
When a fire district is billed over $130,000 more over a four year period than the total of the bills that are being paid on their behalf and yet the fire district fund balance is less than $5,000, we are in trouble.
Tyksinski's "get rich quick" plan is a joke! Again, according to today's article:
How much sales tax could New Hartford (the city) net?The 2017 town budget is being worked on right now and will be released to the public by October 4th. I find it interesting to note that will all the borrowing from the special districts, one of the taxpayers that does not contribute one single penny to these special districts is Supervisor Tyksinki because he lives in the village.
“About four times as much as we get now,” Tyksinski estimated. “It’s something that needs to be looked at.”
I guess it is easy to spend OTHER people's money without regard to town law!
Oh, and by the way, Tyksinski's remarks are in contrast to an Observer Dispatch article written on the same subject a few years back when he said:
“It’s not an easy thing to do,” Tyksinski said of incorporating as a city. “You’re looking at some big numbers here. … I don’t think it’s going to come about.”