Guest column: Schenectady County using taxpayer money wisely

first_imgIt’s easier to believe a lie than to understand a complicated truth, but the sales tax agreement between Schenectady County and the city of Schenectady guarantees Glenville $1,791,594.42 (2016 Apportioned) plus another $850,182.67 (2016 Tax Abatement) or about 41 percent of Glenville’s total tax levy.This means that property taxes in the Glenville would be 41 percent higher without Schenectady County’s intervention and willingness to partner with local governments to keep property taxes down.Mr. Koetzle’s comparison of Schenectady County to only Saratoga is like comparing apples to avocados.The facts show us that of the 57 counties outside of New York City, the average percentage that is shared is 26.02 percent.The median shared is 27.5 percent. Schenectady is above both the median and average, sharing 33.73 percent with others.A 2015 report by the state comptroller indicates 31 shared less than Schenectady — while 11 shared no sales tax revenue at all.Saratoga County, with four times the land, greater property values and higher household incomes but with far less mandated costs, fares better than most upstate counties and is unique in terms of service demands. Schenectady County looks more like the other upstate counties with cities.In his article, Mr. Koetzle said his costs are “unsustainable,” meaning he can’t balance his budget without increasing taxes.He blames the tax cap for his woes claiming he needs new sources of revenue since he can’t raise property taxes beyond the cap without subjecting himself and his board to the wrath of angry taxpayers.If only the same were true of his ever-increasing salary — four raises in four years, with another raise proposed in his budget this year!The tax cap was enacted to put local governments on a diet, not to send supervisors scurrying around trying to usurp additional sources of tax revenue so they can keep spending while appearing to stay under the cap.One should ask residents of Scotia why they now unfairly pay more in town taxes for town services than town residents outside the village.The new reality in governing today is doing more with less. Schenectady County has taken the lead and is saving taxpayers money by sharing services and enacting cost-saving reforms that benefit all of our taxpayers — including those in Glenville.From paving roads in Princetown to purchasing prescription drugs in Canada, new solar energy projects and a consolidated economic development generator, these successes have been instrumental in keeping your county taxes in check – averaging well below the cap with a 0 percent increase in 2017 and a 1 percent decrease for 2018.This is exactly what the governor and Legislature envisioned.Mr. Koetzle urges voters to find out how candidates stand on his “bailout plan.”The question to ask should be why would any responsible candidate support a “bailout plan” that reduces town taxes by raising county taxes.We would all like our costs paid for by higher levels of government, but that’s not realistic.The Koetzle Plan doesn’t make sense because at the end of the day, it all comes out of the same pocket – yours! Categories: Editorial, OpinionGlenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle’s appeal for a sales tax bailout from Schenectady County is more of the same outdated tax-and-spend politics that has burdened his town’s taxpayers for years. If you believe good government is good politics, then the time for gimmicks, finger-pointing and politics-as-usual has passed.When governments work together — we all win with lower taxes and better services.Schenectady County has been and will continue to be a willing partner to our local municipalities.Wimpy says in those old Popeye cartoons, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”As a taxpayer myself, I’ll take the tax cut today versus the “bailout plan” that may cut my taxes next Tuesday any day of the week.Anthony Jasenski is chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature. He represents District 4, which includes Duanesburg, Princetown and Rotterdam.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Macye Lee Buckner

first_imgMacye Lee Buckner, 76, of Dillsboro, formerly of Aurora, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 at The Waters of Dillsboro.  Macye was born Thursday, September 24, 1942 in Ludlow, Kentucky the daughter of Edwin and Macye (Underhill) Hamilton. She taught for Northwest School District in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She enjoyed reading and loved penguins.Macye is survived by her daughter Lynn (Doug) Drahman of Aurora and brother Rodney (Sharon) Hamilton of South Carolina.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother John Hamilton.Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Antonio Brown trade rumors: Listing NFL teams that reportedly are not interested

first_imgWashington RedskinsRedskins sources also share they are not in the Antonio Brown sweepstakes.One Gruden brother out…— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 7, 2019Washington apparently is too busy trading for Case Keenum to bother trading for Brown.Honorable MentionsAll of the above teams have been reported as “out.” But there are some other teams that likely will not trade for Brown. NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported in late Februrary that the San Francisco 49ers “won’t be in play for Brown.” But he prefaced that by saying “as of now.” There’s still a chance San Francisco gets in the game later, but it’s worth noting that the front office doesn’t appear interested.The Kansas City Chiefs are also worth mentioning, because La Canfora said the team expressed interest in a trade, but Pittsburgh doesn’t want to make one of the AFC’s top teams even tougher. So while the Chiefs aren’t “out,” per se, it seems unlikely Brown will be traded to Kansas City. MORE: Brown’s one reason for acting like a heel should be clearBuffalo BillsA statement from GM Brandon Beane.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) March 8, 2019Doesn’t get much more official than that. There are conflicting reports on when and why this deal fell apart, but in the end, it doesn’t matter. Buffalo is moving on, and we will not see Brown making catches for the Bills.Green Bay PackersWhile the Antonio Brown situation rolls on, the Packers won’t jump in now and were not involved before. They never had any conversations with the Steelers about the receiver, according to league sources with knowledge of the Packers’ actions.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) March 8, 2019This is some ESPN-vs.-ESPN reporting, as Dianna Russini said the Packers were interested in Brown. But Demovsky, ESPN’s Packers beat writer, seems emphatic that Green Bay won’t be trading for Brown. Watching Aaron Rodgers throw to AB would have been fun, but that QB-to-WR connection will have to be saved for fantasy football rosters.New Orleans SaintsOn March 1, NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported the Saints were interested in Brown. Just six days later, it was reported by Russini that the Saints were “out” of the AB sweepstakes. Maybe the Steelers’ asking price was too high, so New Orleans stopped expressing interest in a deal.MORE: Brown’s trade fits suddenly low on desirable destinationsTennessee TitansIn that same report, Russini claimed the Titans were out on AB. Brown to Tennessee might seem like an odd fit, but according to NFL reporter Paul Kuharsky, the Titans “seriously contemplated making a move.” Neither report explains why the Titans dropped out, however.Denver BroncosRussini added the Broncos are also “out” on Brown, with CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora saying Denver was “never in it.” Whatever the case, it doesn’t appear John Elway will be pairing Joe Flacco with Brown.Tampa Bay BuccaneersNBC Sports’ Peter King listed the Bucs as a possibility for Brown, but that never seemed likely after Bruce Arians publicly called the receiver a “diva.” This led to Brown calling Arians out on Twitter. The relationship between coach and player appears fractured already. (And, just for good measure, Russini reported the Bucs are also “out” on a trade for Brown.)New York JetsLa Canfora’s report also claimed the Jets were “never in” trade discussions for Brown. This contradicts an NFL Network report that said New York “made contact” with Pittsburgh regarding a deal. But a day later, NFL Network also said the Jets are “out” on Brown.There’s also this from SNY on why a deal wouldn’t make sense for the Jets:[Ralph] Vacchiano notes that the Jets are wary of Brown’s baggage, genuinely like their receiving corps, and don’t have a second-round pick to dangle via trade — and have only six picks overall, so they know they don’t have what it takes to get him. Arizona CardinalsOddly enough, the same scenario as the one with the Jets has played out with the Cardinals. La Canfora says they were never in it, and NFL Network has confirmed they are “out” of the race. In addition to NFL Network, several local reporters also have said Arizona is not a trade destination for Brown.Contrary to reports – the Arizona Cardinals are NOT interested in trading for Antonio Brown. I have said this before but many national guys put Arizona as the team most interested – That is not true.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) March 4, 2019Others have said this previously but I will be a chimer. Cardinals have no interest in Antonio Brown.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) March 5, 2019So much for a Kyler Murray throwing bombs to Brown in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. Reports suggested a trade surrounding Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown would be in place by Friday. But after a weird saga with the Bills on Thursday night, the interest in Brown appears to be dwindling.There have been several reports in recent weeks about teams’ lack of interest in Brown, essentially saying those teams will not deal with the WR. In subtracting them from the equation, we can get a better feel for where Brown might end up in 2019, so let’s look at some teams that have reportedly backed out of a deal.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams, Simona Halep face major test of ‘chill’ approach in final

first_imgWIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams and Simona Halep plan to “chill” and stay “calm” in the heat of their Wimbledon final Saturday, but that could be easier said than done.Williams will get another chance on Centre Court to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, 12 months after she was denied by Angelique Kerber. “It doesn’t mean that I’m not working hard or I’m not focused on what I have to do. It’s just that as a person I want to chill. We see that I’m better on court.”I am confident. I know that everything is possible. If you don’t give up, you have a better chance to do great things. I have learned that. I understood that I’m better now. I’m stronger.”With so much at stake, it remains to be seen whether they can practice what they preach. She says she has learned a more relaxed approach is the way forward as she prepares to face Halep at SW19.Reflecting on her major final losses in 2018, she said: “I had to get to those finals. Looking back, to even be in those two finals last year was unbelievable.”Now I’m in a different place. Like I just am more calm. Instead of having nothing to lose, I feel like I have things to lose, but I also have nothing to lose. It’s like I’m in the middle.”The stage is set #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2019She added after a semifinal defeat of Barbora Strycova on Thursday: “I was actually thinking this morning, when I won my first Wimbledon. I think it was against Venus.”I was trying to tap into those emotions. I was really calm. I remember I think I hit an ace. I just remember how it’s so, so different when you’re younger as opposed to now. Now I just need to relax and do what I can do.”Halep was the epitome of composure in a straight-sets demolition of Elina Svitolina that secured her place in a Wimbledon final for the first time.The amiable Romanian won her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open last year and says keeping her cool has been key to her success.Halep said: “I’m in a good position. I have no pressure on myself. I have expectations for myself that I can do a great job on Saturday. Still I’m chill. The legendary American kept her composure during that loss, but suffered a meltdown in a shocking U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka last September.Williams, 37, was also fined $10,000 for damaging a court with her racket during a practice session at the All England Club this month. Related News Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic moves one win from fifth title Serena Williams one match from history as she powers through to Wimbledon final Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep eases past Elina Svitolina, into finallast_img read more