I have the utmost respect for Councilman Mickey Shuback and he certainly had every right to vote not to support the 2018 budget. I agree that the fiscal constraints imposed on local governments by our NYS Governor and elected officials through their lack of will to address the heavy burden of funding schools by the property tax has hampered our ability to invest locally as we believe is needed. Just as you the homeowner have done the Town has downsized its budget, cut costs and learned to do more with less.
Councilman Shuback gives the impression in his letter to the editor that our Police Department only has vehicles with more than 100,000 miles when in fact they have three patrol cars with less than 35,000 miles, two with less than 60,000 miles and two with less than 65,000 miles. As far as the Highway Department is concerned, a new plow truck arrives next week which follows new ones purchased in 2015 and 2016. Thanks to help from NYS Senator John Bonacic another will arrive in 2017. This is on top of over $200,000 spent on Highway equipment in this year alone.
In NYS the Town Supervisor is responsible for presenting the budget to the Town Board and each year I do present one that respects the taxpayer, meets rising costs of State mandates like State run health and retirement systems while also maintaining a level of services residents expect. Never have I presented nor has the Town Board adopted a budget to “make it look good” but rather one that the taxpayer can afford.
TOWN SUPERVISOR MICHAEL P. SWEETON