Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Cock and Bull Story



Did you happen to read the article in Sunday's Observer Dispatch, Town, business park saddled with problems from tax pact?

Oh, the troubles in the business park are real; it was the comments by New Hartford Central School Superintendent Robert Nole that were absolutely incredible.

According to the article:
New Hartford School Superintendent Robert Nole said even in its troubled state, the business park had already benefitted the school district.
Really, Bob, how's that? How has it benefitted the school district? Hope you aren't referring to the "road to nowhere" at the edge of the business park which was supposed to cross 840 to a shared transportation facility that was the pipe dream of your predecessor. It was suggested to Concerned Citizens that perhaps we should name that road Sarah Palin Lane...how apropos!

The article continues with more from Bob:
Property around it is already getting more valuable, he said. “There have been assessments that have been more than what the original vacant land had produced,” he said of properties near the park. That means more tax dollars for the school district.
What a cockamamie statement!

We sent an email to Superintendent Nole asking for clarification of his statements because we wanted to give Bob the benefit of the doubt; perhaps the OD editors cut out some important parts of Bob's comments and that's why it appeared that he didn't know what he was talking about.

Bob wrote back to us:
Thank you for your inquiry to the recent article concerning the NH Business Park. As far as my quote: " There have been assessments that have been more than what the original vacant land had produced." Please refer to assessment rolls when it was vacant land and compare the value of the Business Park post road and utility improvements. The last time this was reviewed, numbers had increased. As far as the rest of the information pertaining to property values, there are not quotations. Although the way the article reads, it is understood how you may have come to conclusions concerning New Hartford property values. Hopefully, this will clear the misunderstanding.

Best Regards,

Bob
Bob seems to have skipped over the fact that the business park, private property owned by Larry Adler, is the only thing that has increased in value. It increased in value because our tax dollars financed the infrastructure improvements to that private property.

New Hartford School taxpayers will not be seeing any of this "increased value" in the form of increased property tax revenue being applied to the school budget for some time to come. And how soon we see the "increased value" may depend upon whether or not the developer and the taxing entities agree on another PILOT Increment Financing deal to further extend the time before real estate taxes from that private development benefit the school, town and county.

The business park plan was mishandled from the very beginning; town officials and staff even met secretly in an effort to hide the fact that The Hartford was built outside the park, although after their "secret" was revealed, Uncle Larry said in a news article that it was an honest mistake.

Attorney Green certainly made money from the business park deal; former Town Supervisor Earle Reed, actually believes he left the town better off, overall, than it was when he took office; and our dear friend, former New Hartford School Superintendent Dan Gilligan, seems to have quickly moved to Arizona shortly after his retirement.

Now all that's left are the taxpayers, Uncle Larry, a new town board and unresolved problems with the business park.

Concerned Citizens will be watching!

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