On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Webster Town Board unanimously passed the 2019 budget after a couple of minor amendments. The passing of the budget was the final step in a five-month process of meetings with department heads and open public hearings with residents of Webster.
The $25 million budget has a seven cent tax rate increase for town of Webster residents, bringing the tax rate from $5.10 to $5.17. Residents inside the village of Webster will see their tax rate go from $4.55 to $4.70, a 15-cent per thousand increase due to many factors affecting the village tax rate and services provided to the Village.
The Town Board has taken a lot of time to make sure every department within the budget is adequately funded to provide first class services to all residents of Webster. We are confident that this budget will serve the Webster residents well in providing governmental services to you for the entire 2019 year.
Of course, there was one resident that suggested that I blather on about the low taxes in Webster when he proclaims that we are losing out on doing street lighting projects in the town, a wide-ranging sidewalk plan and other nonemergency items in Webster because taxes are too low here.
In other words he would like to raise taxes to the heights of other towns who have much higher tax rates with police departments like Irondequoit at $6.51, Greece at $6.32 or Gates at $ 6.10 to provide, in his opinion, services needed by Webster residents, when programs already exist to provide street lighting, sidewalks to Webster residents that want these services in their subdivisions.
The Town Board and I are very proud of having the lowest tax rate with a police department of the other five towns that have police departments in Monroe County.
Add to that 1,400 acres of open space, 11 town parks, Webster Park with 532 acres and 28 miles of trails in Webster, I think Webster residents would agree that this is a bargain in your town tax rate compared to other towns with police departments, in my opinion.
I believe low taxes matter in growing a community, and I also believe that residents of Webster are better at spending their own money instead of the government taking your money for fund balance growth or a rainy day fund for future use. You work hard for your money and I, as your supervisor, only want what it takes to provide the services necessary to make Webster government run efficiently with the $25 million necessary in our town budget.
The 2019 budget is now put to bed but it will not be long before the Webster Town Board will be working on the 2020 budget come June of 2019.
As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us.