The following column, written by Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, has been published in the Apr. 5 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch:
Funny how as much as things are said to change, they remain the same. This week our esteemed State Government is crafting a budget where the decisions will be made, once again, by the proverbial three men in a room. The Governor has his pet projects this year – free tuition for all, being the most prominent – as do the leaders of the Senate and Assembly. More schemes to concentrate more power in the hands of State bureaucrats under the guise of reducing your property taxes. Oddly enough, or maybe not, is the exclusion of schools from any of these schemes. Schools comprise 80% or 80 cents of every dollar of your property tax, so if Albany is serious about reducing the property tax burden, let’s include the cause of the bulk of that burden. Instead, the Governor is committed, you might even say obsessed, with eliminating local government. How’s that working out so far? – Maybe ask someone who waited until January for their STAR rebate check – four months after they had to pay their school tax bill. There is a reason we have local governments in New York State; it’s where you, the citizen, can actually affect how you are governed. Beware of any effort by Albany to convince you otherwise.
The Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial Celebration continues on Sat., Apr. 15 with an Easter Egg Roll & Easter Bonnet Contest in Lewis Park at 1 p.m., followed by a Founder’s Day Parade to Railroad Green, where a re-enactment of the signing of the Village Charter will take place. Refreshments will be provided. Come on out and join the fun!
Condolences to the families of Bob Ball, John Lee, Joyce Diermeier and Ann White, who we lost this past week – all were fixtures here in our Town, contributing to the quality of life we all enjoy today. We are all sad for these losses, but we are better off for having known them and for the contributions they made to our community.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Apr. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Hwy., Warwick. ard better choices — even up to 10 years after the program ends! Parents and caregivers will learn how to strengthen their bonds with their children and reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. The program will take place at the Warwick Valley Middle School, Wednesdays, March 22 through April 26 (no class April 12, spring break) from 6-8 PM. Refreshments will be served and there will be skill-building activities for youth ages 9 to 14. Childcare for younger children will be available as needed.