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Posted on September 18, 2017 at 11:28 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Since the west golf course on Salt Road has been put up for sale, there has been much conversation about the value of homes to be built on the 85 acre parcel. At this writing this column, the concept plan has not even been in front of the Planning Board (September 19th) but there are many opinions on the street and around town that vary in many different ways.
One that I heard of was that we should make the developer build $500k homes, with larger lots, that will result in higher taxes on that new homeowner and that would help the rest of Webster taxpayers in the amount of taxes they would have to pay in town, school, and county taxes. Also the larger lot would not produce open space. The Town of Webster currently has 1,426 acres of open space inventory.
I do not deal in myths or “what ifs” I deal in number facts so let us have the numbers speak for themselves:
Your 2017 Tax Dollar
Total tax per $1,000
Cost per student
As you can see a $500k home built on the site would have to pay $19,630 in town, county, and school taxes, not counting special district charges for drainage and around $565.00 in fire district charges. I do not know about you but I am an average homeowner and I would never be able to afford a home like that and pay over $20,000 a year in taxes. What about you? How many residents do you think could in Monroe County?
Besides the fact is in 2017 and 2016 the Town of Webster has built zero homes at $500k or above, and in 2015 we built four; three on the Lake Ontario and one on Irondequoit Bay. As you can also see a $500k home would only collect $12,290 in school taxes and that would not cover the cost of one student in the Webster Central School District. It would take over a $750k home just to break even on one cost per student here in Webster. So the notion that a larger home would pay costs for itself is just nonsense, and more so if you believe people are going to flock to Webster to build $500k to $750k homes that are not located on the water.
I took the time this weekend to stop and talk to new residents at Cistern Mills West and Cistern Mills East on Gravel Road, and the ones that I spoke to are very happy with their homes and love being in Webster. These homes are in the $300k range and they pay approximately $11,778 in town, county, and school taxes. So far 30 homes have been built on Cistern Mills West which resulted in new Webster residents that are happy to be here and be part of our community.
Let’s not be so selective now in Webster that we only want to build $500k homes so that we lock out the average family from enjoying living and being part of Webster, “Where Life is Worth Living”.
As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at email@example.com
Ronald W. Nesbitt
Posted on September 11, 2017 at 8:36 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
There has been a lot of conversation lately about how many new homes have been built in Webster in the last few years and their impact on services. Starting in 2000, the town was a highly desirable place to build a new home.
In the year 2000, 240 homes were built. From 2001 to 2007 1,670 homes were built in the town or an average of 238 homes for the seven year period. A great deal of this was due to the fact that in 1998 the Town of Webster changed from Webster Village water to Monroe County water, and the housing boom took off after the water switch.
Since 2009, 561 homes have been built or an average of 70 homes a year in the eight year period. This is a significant drop from previous years. Now some complain that the recent growth in homes in Webster is making our schools overcrowded and raising our school taxes. This is not correct so let me be the person to explain why and how come.
In 2009, we had 8,876 students enrolled in Webster Schools. The 2017/2018 budget numbers we have 8,549 students, a decrease of 327 students. So to prove my point the 561 homes built since 2009 had no impact on the enrollment of the Webster Central School District, but the school taxes paid by the additional 561 homes did add to the revenues of the school district. Where the money went from the additional 561 homes or the revenue saved from the decrease of 327 students is a question you need to ask the members of the Webster Central School District School Board.
Now look at the Town of Webster’s fiscal responsibility. I am very proud of what the Town Board and Department Heads have accomplished since I became a member in 1996. In 1996 the Town of Webster’s tax rate was $4.32 per thousand. The tax rate has gone up a few cents and down a few cents every year and in 2017 has settled at $5.00 per thousand. That is an increase of .68 cents over my 22 years of service to Webster residents, or three cents per thousand per year during that time frame.
In comparison, in 1996 the Webster Central School District was at $16.75 per thousand. Today, in 2017, the rate is $24.58 per thousand which is an increase of $7.83 in the same time frame. Using percentages the town has had a 15.7% increase during the time frame of 1996 to 2017, and the school district is at a 46.7% increase during the same time frame.
So when speaking about how the Town of Webster has handled their budget to the Webster tax payers over the last 22 years, I can only state that my administration has been fiscally accountable and understanding of the services needed, and the taxpayer dollars it takes to provide these services to the Webster residents. The proof is in the numbers not some promoter telling you something they cannot show you or prove to you themselves.
Posted on September 5, 2017 at 9:09 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
On Saturday, August 26th the Webster Town Board, Ron Kampf and his Board of Directors, along with many sponsors and hundreds of people from Webster and afar, watched the magnificent Grand Opening of the Challenger Miracle Field. We could not have asked for better weather and the day was just beautiful for the festivities. There were smiles all over on the kids, youth, and young adults as they got a chance to “play ball” on the new tuff baseball field at Ridge Park right here in Webster.
Once again, special thanks again go out to Ron Kampf and his Board of Directors for going from nothing to $1.9 million to build this Field of Dreams right here in Webster. This is only the third such field in all of New York State. If Saturday was any indication of what the future will hold, this field will bring smiles to many faces and I could not be any happier for the families that will be using this field in the years to come.
There is still more to come to the Challenger Miracle Field with a new restroom and playground to be built after more fundraising events. To the many sponsors that have given so much already – all I can say is one big “Thank You” from the bottom of the town’s heart for all that you have given to many deserving families.
REMINDER: Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES), the Town of Webster and the Town of Penfield has joined forces to hold an appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection on Saturday, September 16, 2017. This collection will take place at the Webster Highway Department, 1005 Picture Parkway, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Most HHW (paint, flammables and other chemicals from home-use) is safe when used and stored properly. When they become unwanted and are disposed of improperly, these household wastes can become environmental hazards.
To ensure safety and reduce waiting times, appointments are required at all HHW collections. Appointments for this HHW collection will be accepted until September 15th. To schedule an appointment, Webster residents should call 872-1443 (Monday thru Thursday, 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.); Penfield residents can call 340-8710, or go on-line to http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw to schedule your appointment. This Household Hazardous Waste collection is open to all Monroe County residents. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.
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