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

Defensive inconsistency costs Syracuse in loss to Pittsburgh

first_imgSyracuse knew it had to play well at the start of its Big East schedule to prove it was worthy of playing in the postseason. So far, SU’s struggles in conference play are not helping that cause.Although the Orange (9-11, 1-4 Big East) pulled off a 3-2 win on Friday against South Florida, it couldn’t close out the weekend on a positive note, losing 3-0 to Pittsburgh (11-9, 2-4) in the Women’s Building in front of 310 fans on Sunday. The challenge of finding a consistent libero cost Syracuse another conference loss.Freshman Silvi Uattara had 15 kills, and sophomore Andrea Fisher finished with six. Sophomore Nicolette Serratore led the Orange with nine digs, while senior Zoe Guzman and freshman Gosia Wlaszczuk both had eight.The Orange has played strongly coming out of its timeouts in recent matches. When the Panthers led 18-14 in the first set, Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin called timeout to try to regroup his team, hoping to give it a chance at an attack.Pittsburgh won the first point out of the timeout, but Syracuse stayed with it. SU cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 20-17, but when the referees made a questionable inbounds ball to the disagreement of Yelin, the Panthers gained momentum and ran away with a 25-22 set win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“To me, it didn’t seem right,” Yelin said of the call. “But in the end, it didn’t really matter.”Pittsburgh went on to control the entire second set. Syracuse jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Panthers head coach Toby Rens called a timeout, and from there Pitt ran all the way to a 25-16 set win, prompting Yelin to make some changes at the libero position.Yelin replaced Serratore with Guzman for the third set.The entire team showed sloppy play and careless errors in the third set, contributing to a 25-18 set loss.Still, even when the Orange trailed 24-15, it gave one final push. Syracuse won the next three points to inch the score to 24-18, but Pittsburgh came out of a timeout ready to close it out. The Panthers did exactly that, winning the next point to seal the match.Serratore had 13 digs at the libero position on Friday against South Florida, but Yelin continues the search for a consistent defensive specialist. A down performance on Sunday amplified the need for stability at libero.“We are changing because none of them give us any consistency,” Yelin said. “We tried both of them (Serratore and Guzman) because Nico was here. In practice, we were looking at Nico. She’s a good player all around but she couldn’t give us consistency all around.”Serratore said a loss of focus was the reason Yelin swapped liberos.“He’s just trying to find the libero that will be there for every single game,” Serratore said. “He just wanted to give me a break and let Zoe come in, and she did a great job. She went in there relaxed.”Guzman said she was not pleased, as she thinks she could have done better. The team has had difficulty finding consistency at libero.“We’ve been struggling to find a mentally strong person to stand out there and last the whole game,” Guzman said. Comments Published on October 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm Contact Austin: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sportech H1 2019 revenues hampered by “venues’ challenges”

first_imgShare Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Submit International betting tech firm Sportech has published its interim results for the six months ended 30 June. The figures, which came in lower year-on-year, reflect an ongoing period of transition for the company as it moves towards a more digitized business, while removing cost to increase efficiencies. Revenue growth in Racing, Bump 50:50 and Lottery were all, it said, offset by “venues’ challenges”.Total Group revenue for the half was £32.6m versus £33.2m in 2018, while EBITDA before sports betting investments of £4.3m and adjusted EBITDA of £3.4m were down from £4.4m and £3.9m in 2018. The adjusted EBITDA in 2019 includes £0.9m of costs related to sports betting, up from £0.5m in 2018.The firm noted that corporate costs had further reduced by 22% in the period, with positive decisions taken to restructure the business resulting in exceptional cash outflows of £1.5m, down from £1.7m year-on-year. Group net cash was £11.8m as of June 30, 2019, against £14.7m on December 31, 2018. The Board’s current outlook for the full year remains in line with expectations.In its executive summary, Playtech stated that the Tote, its core pool wagering business, has demonstrated growth, with Global Pool and World Pool initiatives now delivered. The challenges facing venues, specifically in terms of operational leverage, were being tackled via cost management, asset review and strategic initiatives it said. Lottery, meanwhile, was cited as delivering stable growth with “opportunities emerging following acquisition”. The Bump 50:50 market position, noted the firm, has been strengthened with record client acquisitions. H1 investment is core to growth plans it added.CEO Richard McGuire said: “2019 marks a year of transition for Sportech with a clear focus on challenging the predominantly ‘industrial’ culture, whilst driving efficiencies and delivering a range of products that enhance user experience. “Sportech has made good progress in the period, with the group’s senior management team bolstered to help ensure accountability and increased effectiveness across every business line. Rigorous cost management remains a core focus for the group and the Board expects to see further benefits going forward from the measures already taken.“Further digitisation across existing and new business lines, the elimination of certain expensive strategies, the implementation of a lower operational cost base, and an enhanced global suite of products form the roadmap for H2, positioning the group for 2020 and beyond. Management remain committed to delivering a superior product range to our global clients and remain confident about the group’s future potential.”Sportech’s H1 performance has not been helped by lack of movement towards legalised sports betting in Connecticut where it has invested significant energy and focus. “The situation remains complex and despite diligent efforts from numerous stakeholders, legislation was not passed during the regular legislative session, which ended in early June 2019” it said. “The group continues to work with state legislators and established state licensed gaming operators to seek a solution and deliver a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework for Sports Betting, either through a 2019 special session or in H1 2020.” Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more