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Town could uncap taxes

Glenville to hold public hearing on removing state’s 2 percent tax levy

— Councilwoman Gina Wierzbowski said the town has held two budget forums seeking input from residents, but attendance was “really low.” She said explaining the budget can be difficult.

“It is really hard to try and explain all of the things that impact our budget,” Wierzbowski said. “When this 2 percent tax cap was passed, I don’t understand why there no impetus to change the way the state does business as well. This is the state coming down on local governments, who are much more lean and much more efficient than the state, and holding this limit on us that … is completely unrealistic.”

Each 1 percent increase in the tax levy for the town amounts to around $50,000 added to the budget. Koetzle the town is facing about $600,000 in new costs in 2012. Some cost savings were recently achieved from town employee union contract negotiations resulting in health care expense savings, he said.

“All the revenue lines have dropped … what other place can we go?” said Koetzle.

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RichardReevesEllington 2 years, 11 months ago

It is time for alternate ways of doing business are introduced into local government. Not only in Glenville but also here in Bethlehem. Given the economic times, we citizens must make choices of what services we want and elected officials must clearly show what legally must be done, what should be done and what is nice to do. These options need to be placed in a public forum for ranking by citizens. This is not difficult.

What is needed are supervisors who can lead in empowering citizens to be more a part of government rather than just voters when they are needed.

I am a candidate for Bethlehem Town supervisor and if elected, I would provide leadership for such changes. I Have done it in industry and university administration. Of the three candidates I am the only one with such broad experience and the only one who would bring fresh eyes to governing. For more information, please go to www.bethlehemsupervisor.com

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