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Fredonia: New hire part of tax hike

March 18, 2013

We understand why Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe is proposing a budget that includes a 3.5 percent tax increase for residents in 2013-14....

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Mar-27-13 10:56 PM

Christopher, you have a dog in this fight, so, unless you have photographic evidence....

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Mar-23-13 7:27 PM

If the observer had true reporters and not copy writers they could be bragging about the savings the village would enjoy when an employee leaves and a new replacement is hired at a lower rate and will save ptentially for years as it takes many years to go through the steps in each level on the payscale. Also as the former dpw head used to say if you raise taxes .25 per 1000 the village would have the funds needed to avoid larger percentage increases but politcs prevailed,the no tax hikes,lower taxes thinking just pass problems along to the next board. pay now or pay later (when things cost more)so blame the new guy, yeah right. In common terms if you know your car needs an alignment and you put it off you'll still need the alignment and also a tire or two, and the observer would blame the mechanic that would do the work instead of the previous owner for not correcting the problem when it first appeared.

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Mar-20-13 8:33 AM

2 disagrees? Based on what? certainly not any reliable information on water lines, leaking or unworkable hydrants, water valves that won't turn, sewage pumps barely working and half "eyed" rigged, exposed water lines and barely working equipment...should I go on, and do the those clicking on disagree want to argue with facts?

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Mar-19-13 7:08 AM

I think the 2 new Fredonia board members should interview ALL of the Fredonia DPW employees, and ask for an honest assessment of the condition of Fredonia's water supply, it's sewage treatment, it's equipment and any possible disasters looming in the wings due to deterioration of any of the above, as well as a prioritization of necessary expenditures. I think they'll be shocked.

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Mar-18-13 11:50 AM

Question: What are your sewer and water services worth to Village residents? (and every other municipality) All of those things need employees to fix and maintain, and expenditures to update and also maintain as needed. Fredonia is decades behind on that score, and more Village residents should be made aware of just how frail their civilized lifestyle is at this point. This isn't about waste, it's about a succession of elected officials "kicking the can down the road".

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Mar-18-13 11:21 AM

Here we go again,blame the taxes on hiring one employee.First of all the observer is way off on the employee's benefit figures as usual.That being said,the need for a tax increase is because of thirty years of micromanaging. The new hire is not the reason for the tax increase.The reason is the infrastructure in the "VILLAGE" is falling apart.For exsample,the water plant is in serious need of repair,the W.W.T.P is also in shambles and all of the roads,waterlines,sewerlines,drainagelines,are also in need of attention.Bottom line is you need to maintain your infrastructure to stay competitive and prosperous as a Village. The observer needs too wake up and stop blaming everything on public employees.Oh I forgot the observer supported Mike sullivan who wanted to dissolve the VILLAGE entirely. Newsflash, I think most VILLAGE residents don't want that.THE irony of the observer's opinion is its publisher enjoys having good insurance on the taxpayers too!!!kind of hypercritical don't

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Mar-18-13 10:44 AM

Commentor, this article could be said about any local government. Dunkirk, Forestville, etc. Like I explained elsewhere, it seems as if none of them can be trusted to spend their budgets on what they say they will, have trouble accounting for expenditures, and make dubious transactions across the board. Fredonia is not alone, not by a longshot.

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Mar-18-13 9:55 AM

If local governments were consolidated we would be reducing payroll rather than adding employees. The source of the problem is the fundamental structure of local government.

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Mar-18-13 8:54 AM

Sounds like localresident has a personal issue with Fredonia.

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Mar-18-13 8:54 AM

I'm not sure the clueless gaggle of church lady geese OBSERVER board is in any position to both speak of and criticize the operational decisions of any enterprise...if it weren't for their West Virginia Sugar Daddy propping up their operations as a money-losing tax write-off for his overall portfolio mix, then the church ladies would have to hold weekly bake sales in the Walmart parking to even begin to keep their lights on.

You guys are journalists (well, at least that's is what you call yourselves business cards...), you clearly, definitely, obviously have zero economic/managerial/business acumen and judgment.

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Mar-18-13 6:34 AM

A department down 8 people hires 1, and that's a bad thing? YEARS of previous mayors bragging about low or no tax rises is the cause of Fredonia's current tax issues, not the hiring of one employee. (who by the way is nowhere near that $60,000 level)

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Mar-18-13 2:21 AM

Well, DUH. Let's look at the record of Fredonia politicians. Lies, lies, lies, cronyism, cromyisim, and more lies. Gee, taxes are going up? No wonder! If they can't get a grant to do the unnecessary hiring, just put the barrel to the backs of taxpayers. Thanks Fredonia board! Keefe and friends, the voodoo that you do is nothing but dog poo. Tax increases, the only way the village board knows how! FFS. Nepotistic idiots.

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