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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt