To the Times of Ti:
Did you notice the article in the Times of Ti on Aug. 11, regarding County considers tax hike?
It was in fine print, probably hoping that we would not see that our supervisor is supporting it! I understand that if we want to improve our area that higher taxes is one way of doing this, but my question is, where are our taxes going? You can only have so many parks and bike trails!
My sons sewage has been backing up in his cellar for over a year now on Carillon Street, which the town was supposed to fix and has not done. I watched a lady fall flat on her face on Father Jogues Place after church on a Sunday morning, because our sidewalks are in bad shape. I had to call off work on Aug. 6 because when I woke up at 5 a.m. there was no water. Only to have to repair the same pipe the next day! All the supervisor can say to the tax payers when it comes to the sidewalk, roads, or highway department is, Its not in my jurisdiction.
When our supervisor first got into office he was going to help get a sidewalk replaced that our existing superintendent of highway removed because the towns snow plow ruined it. He had agreed that it was a dangerous place not to have a sidewalk. Instead of replacing the sidewalk, the superintendent of highways refused to, due to an argument over a drainage problem. One of his workers had told me that he was going to drain all water from two streets over into my backyard. Mr. (Mike) Connery, the then Supervisor, took care of the situation immediately!
As far as I see it we have at least two problems here.
The first one being that our supervisor wants to raise the 7.75 tax to 8 which will go back into the municipality. Is he going to start replacing the infra-structure that is desperately needed, along with the sidewalks and roads? Is he going to stop telling the taxpayers that its not in his jurisdiction when it comes to these issues? According to other board members he does have control over what the highway department does, or can put pressure on them. Another point needed to be made is, since when does our town supervisor appoint someone who has been voted out of office by the tax payers? An official was voted out of office, now he is the supervisors deputy (takes over when the supervisor is unavailable), so much for voting!
The second is replacing our existing superintendent of highways! He can be as easily ripped out of office as our sidewalks are. He forgets that its the taxpayers that put him in office. Not only is this a problem, but he has no people skills. (Since I first wrote this letter I find it curious that now election is right around the corner hes doing some sidewalks.)
So, to the taxpayers, do your duty as an American citizen and get out there and vote in the primaries on Sept. 18. The supervisors name may not be on the ballet, but we know that the superintendent of highways will be.
Cast your vote for Arthur Pat Morrison, a man who can deal with the public and knows that he is not his own boss (he was elected). Please be sure you get out and vote in in November. We the taxpayers need a change.