In the town of New Hartford, the $1.01 per $1,000 of assessed valuation tax rate is 6 percent tax less than last year.ARE YOU KIDDING?
The 2012 town tax rate is $2.90 per thousand...NOT $1.01 per thousand. As a matter of fact, the 2011 town tax rate was also $2.90 per thousand; there was no decrease in the tax rate in the 2012 Town of New Hartford budget.
Good grief,the last time the Town of New Hartford tax rate was $1.01 was probably sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
And let's not forget the fact that the Police Fund still owes money to other funds as detailed in the State Comptroller's report of the town for the 2008-09 years. The Comptroller's report also mentioned that $1.5 million is owed to the sewer fund; a fund that only people with sewers pay. Tyksinski is evasive when questioned by Councilman Backman as to when these funds are scheduled to be repaid.
According to the State Comptroller, the Board can authorize interfund borrowings between funds; however, these loans must be paid back by the end of the year and with interest if the loan is between funds with different tax bases as is the case with the Police Fund and Sewer Fund. It's 2012 people; these repayments are long overdue.
Where or from whom did the Observer Dispatch Editorial Board get $1.01 as a tax rate in New Hartford?
Give the town board kudos for reducing the tax rate? Horsefeathers! They didn't reduce the rate; they maintained the rate. It's easy to maintain a rate that was increased 46% a couple of years ago particularly if you borrow between funds and don't pay it back.
In other news, the Town of New Hartford Planning Board will meet tomorrow, Monday, March 12, 2012 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Library. On the agenda will be the discussion of Larry Adler's request to rezone the business park. Agenda now online!
This meeting is open to the public; however, the public is only allowed to listen. The time to speak is at the Public Hearing that is to be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the start of the town board meeting.
We will post an agenda for the Wednesday Town Board Meeting and Public Hearing as soon as it becomes available.
Agenda is now online!