Baldwinsville As we approach the Sept. 13 primary for Lysander supervisor, I would like to explain why I support the re-election of Barry Bullis. Since 2001, combined town general and highway taxes for 2011 are down 22.4 percent outside the village of Baldwinsville. Inside the village, they are down 33.1 percent for the same period. This contrasts with Van Buren where the taxes are up 2.5 percent, Cicero where the increase is 74.5 percent, and Clay where they are up a whopping 80.2 percent. How can this be? Perhaps the town of Lysander has a very efficient government!
Is it because the town of Lysander worked out a joint assessor program with Van Buren, saving salaries and taxes? Is it because the town of Lysander entered a co-operation agreement with the county to save the salary of a receiver of taxes? Is it because the town of Lysander purchased a vacant Niagara Mohawk garage as a new highway facility, saving the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the cost of a new facility? Is it because the town of Lysander purchased a centrally located vacant commercial office building, giving the town a modern accessible 14,000 sq. ft. building at 30 percent less than the cost of similar sized new building? Is it because the town of Lysander purchased the Lysander Twin Rinks for $850,000, after a public vote, at the urging of the Lysander YMCA Board of Directors to use for a YMCA and town recreation program? (A fact that said board of directors has conveniently forgotten!)
Then there is the three town co-operative water line and district to serve the people of Jacks Reef and a $1.25 million grant to fix the Whispering Oaks sewer problem, which was created before Barry became supervisor. These are some of many reasons that I am supporting Barry Bullis in the primary and general elections.
Donald F. Colon is a resident of Baldwinsville.