We had to take a trip to the Town Clerk's office today to pick up the FS-6T Vehicle Surrender receipts that the Highway secretary was able to find. (Wait until you read the ending to this fiasco!).
Anyway, while we were there, we inquired about whether a public meeting had been set-up for the December 11, 2007 vote for the residents in the Willowvale Fire District. Answer...not yet, but the clerk's office thought they (whoever they are) were working on it. The vote is in two weeks...nothing like putting it off until the last minute.
To try to give residents some information, we thought we would post the Notice of Special Election. If you live in the Willowvale Fire District, it might be wise to read this so you know what you are voting on. For more detail, you may want to read the resolution that was passed at the September 12, 2007 board meeting. You might also notice that the resolution that was passed stated that there was not only going to be a public meeting, but information was going to be mailed to each home. Just goes to show that you should probably not believe everything you read...even if it is a resolution unanimously passed and ADOPTED by the New Hartford Town Board.
The vote is December 11, 2007 at the Willowvale Fire Station from noon to 8 p.m. You will be voting on a Service Award Program in accordance with Section 216 of the General Municipal Law.
The cost is $76,000 per year or if our math is correct...check with the Town Clerk's office for exact figures...it will cost about $.54 additional per thousand of assessed value. So if your house is assessed for $100,000 you would be charged an additional $54.00 per year on your town & county tax bill to cover this Program, if passed. If you have a $250,000 assessment, you will be charged an additional $135 per year. The effective date is January 1, 2008. The current tax rate for the Willowvale Fire District is $1.97...so if this program is passed, the total Fire Protection tax rate on your next town & county tax bill would be $2.51 per thousand.
Only residents in the Willowvale Fire District are eligible to vote. If you already appear on the registered voter list from the Oneida County Board of Elections, you will not need to do anything extra to vote. Otherwise, if you are not a registered voter and you wish to vote, personal registration will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at the Willowvale Fire Station from 4 - 8 p.m.
Absentee ballots are available, but WRITTEN application MUST BE made to the Town Clerk...call the Town Clerk's office for more information on absentee ballots.
If we learn of a public meeting to discuss this Service Award Program, we will post it on our websites and blog. Talk to your neighbors and let them know about this vote!
Tomorrow we will get back to the surrender of license plates...stay tuned!