Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Sure as Hell, it's not going to happen on my watch!!!"

As reported by the Observer Dispatch article, Tyksinski pledges $1.3 million in savings, Supervisor Tyksinski's message to the town board at the March 24, 2010 Town Board meeting was clear:
...make cuts or face an even more dire financial situation.
“If they don’t do it, I will,” Tyksinski said of making the necessary cuts.

Here is a video excerpt from the town board meeting; Supervisor Tyksinski outlines the dire straits that the Town of New Hartford now finds itself in after 4 years of overstating revenues and using fund balance to cover up increased spending.



We will have the entire town board meeting video online this weekend.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think he means business. 911 call center, gone. Police, Highway and their affiliated Unions as well as the Library people better take note.

Good for Pat and good for us.

Anonymous said...

Here's are my questions on the "missing" 2.8 Million that Pat has so far failed to answer: When was it spent? What was it spent on? Who authorized it use in the budget?
When this first broke a year ago all of the town board members expressed "shock" and "surprise" that the money was gone. Taxpayers need better answers. Cathy, are we going to get them?

New Hartford, N.Y. Online said...

Anonymous #2 said: Taxpayers need better answers. Cathy, are we going to get them?


I'm not sure there will ever be a detailed list of the expenditures. I suspect that the State Comptroller's report will detail some of the abuse, at least I hope so.

Take for instance, the $30,000+ that Dave Reynolds authorized for the Alesia & Crewell work on 19 Campion Road. It wasn't budgeted therefore they had to use money from another budget line. That $30,000+ would have been added to the rainy day fund otherwise.

The rainy day fund gets built up each year by carefully monitoring expenses each month so that money is actually leftover in budget lines at year end. If they spend money that is not budgeted, overestimate revenues and/or actually budget to use thousands of dollars of rainy day funds to make it appear that there is no tax increase, the rainy day fund can't grow...it can only diminish.

Pat wouldn't say exactly why they were overstating revenues and using fund balance to hide their spending habits, but I will. You can bet they didn't want to "upset the apple cart" as they worked on the New Hartford Business Park project; trying to purchase 19 Campion Road, buy equipment for Roger Cleveland to replace the equipment he was selling out the back door, etc. They needed an affirmative vote for the bond they took out in March 2009. Why else would a $150 an hour CPA put together a budget to include over a million dollars of rainy day funds when there was only $250,000 available in that fund? Why else would that same person budget to include $500,000 more of anticipated sales tax revenue than could ever possibly be realized in the best of years?

They wanted everyone to believe that they had held the line on the tax rate and only good could come from the building of the NH Business Park. Remember the ad that was placed in the Town Crier. No tax increase... Well, they lied!

Anonymous said...

I hope they don't reduce the Highway budget too much. That dept. does such an awesome job on the roads when winter weather hits. They are the best in the area. The PD is where the wasted money is. Sounds like the library is a drain on us as well.

Anonymous said...

I think we can still cut back on the Highway Dept. and Police Dept.. I am not in favor of cutting back on the Library and Parks. These are quality of life expenditures that we need to provide for our children. Maybe we need to start charging admission to the parks to the non-residents of the town who use/abuse the facilities on a daily basis. I support Mr. Tysinski and appreciate all the hard work by him and the Board. I however do want an answer as to why Dave Reynolds spent money on the Campion Rd bldg. Any accountability for this ??

Anonymous said...

Pat sure told the Highway Superintendent didnt he. Find more cuts. If they are not collecting trash this year what will they do with the extra workforce and equipment that used to collect the trash.

Anonymous said...

Just wait and see all the trash that will be laying around town this year when everyone realizes there is no pickup. And forget enforcing anything. Won't be that many cops around. HA. Actually all told i am all for saving money and being cost effective, but at some point all this blind slashing of budgets will end up affecting the quality of life we as NH residents appreciate. So the taxes can be the lowest in the land but if the place looks like tobbacco road then thats not good either. There needs to be a balance.

Anonymous said...

The Library should be able to sustain itself without tax dollars, if it was run like a business.

Anonymous said...

The trash pickup should have been axed years ago. It's a free invite for everyone outside the town who has a relative or a buddy that lives in the town to drop their crap off. When the streets are lined with trash each year it looks like hell, and attracts trash pickers. If a home owner in the town has trash to be picked up, then they just have to contact their trash hauler. That way all the town residents don't have to foot the bill for the half of the town that used and abused the pickup.

New Hartford, N.Y. Online said...

Just wait and see all the trash that will be laying around town this year when everyone realizes there is no pickup. And forget enforcing anything. Won't be that many cops around. HA. Actually all told i am all for saving money and being cost effective, but at some point all this blind slashing of budgets will end up affecting the quality of life we as NH residents appreciate. So the taxes can be the lowest in the land but if the place looks like tobbacco road then thats not good either. There needs to be a balance.

Actually, the trash program was slashed from the budget that was adopted by the Earle Reed administration; Pat didn't have anything to do with it. It is our understanding that dumpsters will be available at the Sanger Bldg. for residents who wish to dispose of items that normally would have been picked up curbside. You should be receiving a brochure with all the information in the April Town Crier and we will post the information on our blog and on our website.

Rest assured that the budget cutting is not being done with blinders on. Pat is being very cautious and looking at everything before any decisions are made. Unfortunately, the town is in a pickle and not everyone is going to be happy with all the "fixes" that will have to be done in order to bring the finances back to a tolerable level. Please keep in mind that as the town's financial picture improves, items that need to be added back more than likely will be.

Anonymous said...

Quality of life priorities for some are unnecessary expenditures for others. I've never stepped foot in the Library and don't use town parks but I've read in newspaper articles there are many non residents/taxpayers that would surely miss those "quality of life" services. As far as the highway and police departments, I could be living in another town for all I see them over the course of a year compared to other more populated areas in NH but that's my choice.

I wouldn't want to see any one service eliminated but a general across the board decrease so everyone shares the hardship.

Anonymous said...

"I think we can still cut back on the Highway Dept. and Police Dept.. I am not in favor of cutting back on the Library and Parks. These are quality of life expenditures that we need to provide for our children."

Yes because having the Utica public library that is bigger and more accommodating that the nh one is not relevant. Additionally, I was under the impression that the library was self-sufficient, or should be that way. Wasn't that how were were "sold" on the idea of the new building, that it would not drain the taxpayers?!

Parks are nice, but the town park is more than sufficient. No need for all these other parks. Again, there is the Chadwicks Park, NH town park, Whitesboro town park, several parks in Utica, etc. Did new hartford really need to set up that dog park?

Fix your priorities man. Public safety and good infrastructure are quality of life issues. Without good public safety, would you really want to go to the parks where you could be mugged and raped? Without good infrastructure, would you really want to lose your car in a pot hole to go to the library?

Anonymous said...

Fix your priorities man. Public safety and good infrastructure are quality of life issues. Without good public safety, would you really want to go to the parks where you could be mugged and raped? Without good infrastructure, would you really want to lose your car in a pot hole to go to the library?

Mugged or Raped ?? Really ? We have a bloated police Dept. I would rather see that scaled back than closing parks. I suppose you support closing state parks too ? What are we going to leave our children if we close all the parks and library's ? I have my priorities straight, they are our children. If you feel unsafe going to the park then stay home.

Anonymous said...

I think the Town needs to hire David Grandeau http://www.davidgrandeau.com/
to conduct a thorough investigation on the Town's past conduct. I think that would instill true faith & trust back into our Government. I do have total trust with Mr. Tysinski, but he can't do it all alone.