Once again Mr.Chowaniec cuts through the smoke - taxpayer/Resident Mike Fronczak asks civil, important questions and the Town Board waffles and evades straight answers!
Walden Avenue Police Building update
By Lee Chowaniec Click here for full article.
When will they ever learn to talk honestly. They used the purchase of the ColeCraft building as a Campaign Highlight material back around 2002-2003. Like the "Proposed Soccer Fields" were used this past fall.
It was supposed to be a great bargain and Supervisor Giza excused his ignoring of the rules when he purchased it . He said he, "Had to act fast, other potential buyers were looking at the building." So without formal approval, he signed the deal.(No one else has ever come forward)
A Judge declared, "While his actions weren't illegal, they were bad Governance."
He also included over $30,000.00 for the furniture - no one has ever seen a inventory of those items presented by the Town Board.
$1.9 million, for a empty leaking mold riddled building. Which now contains Town Equipment and in the smallest usable portion, Detectives and their staff. Not a suitable environment for those employees, they deserve better!
Then Mr.Ruffino claims to be "contacting state reps to get grants to help defray the costs of renovating the Walden Avenue Building. We are looking in any avenue we can to get assistance,” Ruffino declared. “It’s still a work in progress. We don’t want to burden the taxpayers.”
We the home owners are paying the monthly note on the original $1.9 Million tax dollars.
We are using tax dollars to pay that note. We are not receiving tax revenue from the building because the Town Owns it.
We are using tax dollars to pay utilities.
What happened to the $300,000.00+ tax dollars Lancaster received for renovations. Supervisor Giza said "We received a Grant for that money" - where did that go?
According to a tax funded study Supervisor Giza had ordered:
even back then (2003) placed that number somewhere between "$9 and $11 million" to renovate the building.
Now, after spending Millions of tax dollars the Town Board tell taxpayers:
Mr. Ruffino declared. “It’s still a work in progress. We don’t want to burden the taxpayers.”
Supervisor Giza said: “It’s not that we don’t want to do it, we want to take as much burden off the taxpayer as we can."
Then he adds: "but we just put $7 million (tax dollars) into our water lines which will add to the debt service."
These "water lines" benefits for the most part - new construction - newer subdivisions - they used tax dollars to subsidize Developers and Lancaster's Home owners will pay the bills.
Lastly, Mr.Ruffino has never finished one of his promised "Quality of Life Improvements" with out the funding coming from home owners/Lancaster Tax Payers. He hasn't accomplished or initiated one one new service or enhancement. He just piggy backs and takes credit for whats already in place and funded by tax dollars!
He and Supervisor Giza keep saying, "We don’t want to burden the taxpayers.”
"Grants, State aid, Federal dollars are all tax dollars."
The fancy labels don't change the outcome!
"Debt Service" - is fancy term for
"You, the taxpayer/home owner will pay these debts"
Lancaster's Town Board Members Consider their spending habits as providing a