A Letter to the Editor in today's Observer Dispatch written by a NH Policeman alleges that the sheriff's department is dysfunctional and can't even handle simple contracts...perhaps the letter writer meant contracts like the private contracts at the Marquee Cinema that are subsidized by taxpayers. It's probably true, the Sheriff Dept. probably won't provide this service like NHPD does...at least not for the same price and they probably don't have the overtime budget that the New Hartford Police Department has been given in the past either.
The writer warns fellow townspeople:
"...not to be fooled by the political rhetoric of Pat Tyksinski".With all due respect, officer, we don't think Pat is merely talking; we think he means business.
Just for the record, the Town of Clay handled their consolidation with the Onondaga County Sheriff Department with no adverse effects on the safety of town residents and Clay actually has more retail development than New Hartford. In fact, there are still the same number of patrols in their town as before; but instead of being town police, they are sheriff patrols. By all accounts that we have read, the residents say they actually see the sheriff patrols more than they did their own town police patrols.
By the way, as far as we know, Supervisor Tyksinski isn't looking to entirely disband the police department and consolidate with the Oneida County Sheriff Dept.; he is merely looking to cut costs and that is not a bad thing.
In his letter, the writer also says:
"Personally, I would be happy to pay more than the 50 percent tax increase to maintain not only our police department but also every other service we enjoy."We don't blame him for making that statement; although we are not sure that many other people would agree.
Let's give this letter writer the honor of being our first SNAFU of the year...just one of the many assessment SNAFUs in the Town of New Hartford.
1,832 sq. ft. home; 2-stall attached garage; lot size 90 x 150; 3 bedrooms; 1-1/2 baths; partial basement; built 1951...assessed for $93,300 or $50.93 per sq. ft.
845 sq. ft. home; no garage; lot size 58 x 106; 3 bedrooms; 1 bath; slab basement; built 1951...assessed for $56,200 or $66.50 per sq. ft.
...ironically, they are both in the same Neighborhood Code ; not because they are comparable homes, but rather because they have similar tax map numbers!
According to the 4817 neighborhood code description provided to us by the town assessor "most of the homes are in the $40,000 to $75,000 range".
Sure they are...except for the mansions off Genesee Street, the letter writer's home and several other homes that we have highlighted on our blog that are in the same "neighborhood" by virtue of their tax map number!
To the letter writer, be careful what you wish for...based on the assessed value of your home in relation to other homes that are truly comparable to yours, you SHOULD be paying more for the services you get!