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

China’s Xi discusses coronavirus with Trump: State media

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping spoke on Friday with US President Donald Trump on the novel coronavirus outbreak and urged Washington to respond “reasonably” to the epidemic, state media reported.Xi told Trump on the phone that China was “fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic”, and that “the long-term trend of China’s economic development for the better will not change”, according to state broadcaster CCTV.The viral outbreak, which is believed to have originated in central China late last year, has now infected at least 31,000 people and caused 636 deaths, mostly within China. Local governments across China have locked down cities of tens of millions of people in response to the crisis, while global panic has risen over the more than 240 cases that have emerged in two dozen countries.Xi’s comments come hours after the death of a whistleblower doctor, punished for sharing information about the virus, prompted an immense outpouring of public grief and anger over how Chinese authorities have handled the crisis.Xi called the fight to contain the virus a “people’s war” and told Trump that China has implemented “nationwide mobilisation, comprehensive deployment and rapid response” along with “the strictest prevention and control measures” against the virus.Xi also urged the US to act “reasonably” in response to the outbreak, the official Xinhua news agency said.Beijing has hit out against strict measures by other countries to contain the spread of the virus, calling travel bans against Chinese arrivals by a growing list of nations “unkind” and going against the advice of the World Health Organization.The US has temporarily barred entry to foreigners who have been in China within the past two weeks, joining countries including Italy, Singapore and Mongolia who have announced expansive restrictions on travellers from the virus-hit country.The United States, Japan, Britain, Germany and other nations have also advised their citizens not to travel to China.Topics :last_img read more

Syracuse’s top runners sit out, others improve at John Reif Memorial Invitational

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ At the John Reif Memorial Invitational in Ithaca, New York, Syracuse runners showed improvement from previous weeks in the last regular season event before ACC championships.After a disappointing finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational last week, the Orange performed well at a smaller event, competing against only Cornell and SUNY Cortland.For the men, junior Keith McAteer (16:19.9) finished eighth overall in the 5000-meter, followed closely behind by freshman Matt Dragon (16:31.8), who shaved almost 30 seconds off of his previous 5k time (16:58.7) at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown in September.For the women, three of the four racers finished in the top ten. Redshirt junior Ryley Higgins (18:42.2) placed third, the highest finish of her collegiate career. Redshirt junior Maggie Toczko (18:57.3) finished fourth. Her time in Ithaca was 41 seconds faster than at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. Sophomore Elizabeth Cultra (19:04.8) finished eighth and set a personal record at the collegiate level. Redshirt sophomore Abigail Walsh (19:39.4) finished 16th, putting all four Orange women runners in the top half of finishers at the event.Syracuse’s top runners did not race today in preparation for ACC championships on Nov. 1 next week when the Orange men will try to claim the title after a second place finish in 2018.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on October 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm aekaylor@syr.edu | @cincinnallielast_img read more

Mohammed Rabiu: Money did not influence my move

first_imgGhana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed says his move to Russian side Kuban Krasnodar club was not motivated by money but to seek a new challenge.The 23-year-old has been defending his decision to swap the high-profile French Ligue 1 for the Russian Premier League which is ranked 19th in the world by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.He has signed a three-year contract with FC Kuban in a deal worth 5 million dollars.Just like the famous Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan move from Sunderland in the English premier league to UAE based side Al Ain, Rabiu in an exclusive interview with Joy Sports stated that his decision to switch to Eastern Europe was not all about the money.“My move here is about new challenge not about money,” Rabiu told Joy Sports.“I hear people talk about Russia is not good, they are not good people but I have played in Spain, France and Italy and it is better I move to Russia too and I know what to expect there. “It is football and sometimes you just have to take some of these challenges when it comes so it’s my decision and we will see how it goes.”last_img read more

World Relays: Okagbare powers Nigeria to gold

first_imgNigeria’s fortunes at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas took an up swing with the women 4x200m snatching the gold in a dramatic final, staged in the early hours of Sunday.Okagbare started for the Nigerian quartet, she did well to stay close to the event’s defending champions, the USA who took a commanding lead from the start. They were on course for another win, but disaster overwhelmed the American ladies at the final changeover.Janeba Tarmon and Allyson Felix failed to reach an understanding, it ended with Felix crashing to the floor. Regina Geroge, Dominique Duncan and Christy Udoh made no such mistake, they coasted home to victory at 1.30.52 seconds to win the 50,000 dollars at stake also set a new national record. Jamaica finished a distant second in 1:31.73, one-and-a-half seconds slower than their time from last year, but one place higher on the podium.Germany were third in 1:33.61 while China set an Asian record of 1:34.89 in fourth.“I am very delighted with the performance of our Women winning the 4x200m relay in a World leading time of 1:30.52s ahead of all the leading nations – USA, Jamaica, Bahamas, France, Germany, China and Ireland. I had said it before now that we can rely on these women to showcase our prowess in the Relays and they have not disappointed us,” Athletics Federation of Nigeria technical director Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama stated.last_img read more