I am writing this letter because I see something different with the new Yorktown Town Board. I see an open government instead of a dictatorship with rubber stamps. I see the new Town Board working together for the best interests of the residents in Yorktown.
The auditor suggests in his report to not start a capital project without having the money first. A bad example is the Granite Knolls Sports Complex. The past Town Board had $6.1 million and the town could be millions short. It was stated by the new board that to maintain the sports complex, the town has to hire two or three new employees.
I see courtesy of the floor has been changed to the beginning of the Town Board meeting and added a second at the end, if there is time. The work sessions are now televised. I had to say something.
Don Roberts, myself and the United Taxpayers of Yorktown members met with Supervisor Ilan Gilbert and we asked for a written policy that the unassigned fund balance (surplus) should not be more than 15 percent. In the auditor’s report on Dec. 31, 2017, there was 52 percent, which in dollars is $10.7 million. Supervisor Gilbert stated that in his training for supervisor, he was told 15 percent of the budget was enough. Don and I asked to be on a budget committee to go over the budget line-by-line to reduce taxes.
The former supervisor said he never raised taxes in his six years in office, but he did raise our tax rate 19.9 percent. I had to say something when something is not true.
Ed Ciffone is the president of the United Taxpayers of Yorktown