Sardinia needs to elect honest politicians in November
Tuesday October 29, 2013 | By:Gene Parzych |
I have been a resident, as well as a school and county taxpayer, for 23 years in the town of Sardinia. I am also a senior citizen, with no aspirations to run for political office. I have been a regular attendee of more than 40 Sardinia Town Board, budget and special hearing meetings, over the past 12 years, and have seen the tenure of three different town supervisors. I give my support of candidates or issues that I think would benefit our residents and town.
Sardinia’s reputation and history for convoluted politics and a “neighbor against neighbor” syndrome has been ongoing for decades. It reached somewhat of a peak with the landfill expansion controversy that many were against, but now constitutes Sardinia’s substantial cash reserves, through the host community funds agreement with Waste Management.
For the past four years, through, the good financial diligence, hard work and management of the present Sardinia Town Board, all the required financial obligations of the town have been met, and they protected the no town taxes for all the town residents.
Sardinia Supervisor Mary Hannon, who had earlier announced she would step down and not be a candidate for re-election, sent a public survey letter dated July 1, 2013 to Sardinia citizens, asking for input for an amendment of our town code, to provide school tax relief for Sardinia property owners. Further study indicted the substantial cash reserve, coupled with continued revenue from landfill tipping fees, were sufficient to perpetuate into the future of our ongoing no town taxes program.
On Aug. 8, 2013, during the regular town board meeting, the school tax relief trust plan was voted on and passed with a majority of four yes to one no, on the amendment. The councilman who voted no did not specify why he was against it. During the public comment portion of this town board meeting, a former town council board member (who has been politically absent from town meetings for 4 years) was also against the tax relief plan, stating that she was afraid that senior citizens who apply for and receive funding from the tax relief trust plan might put themselves into a higher income tax bracket.
Both of the “no school tax rebate” Sardinia residents are now candidates for town board office on Nov. 5, 2013. In clear opposition to them are the following candidates, who are running clean, honest campaign platforms to perpetuate the “no town taxes” for all Sardinia taxpayers: Beverly Gambino, candidate for town supervisor; Cheryl Earl, candidate for town council and Len Hochadel, candidate for town council.