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Arbitration Reform Must Be In Budget

March 19, 2013

Forty-three years ago, Jamestown was a city of 41,818 people that spent roughly 8.3 percent of its budget on police and fire protection....

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Mar-19-13 5:19 AM

Population decline is a factor but also consider the fact that many of the good people who moved out were the backbone of the community and were replaced with people of inability who have many problems. Crime is much higher and more law enforcement is needed.

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Mar-19-13 5:46 AM

Also, back a number of years ago there were good paying manufacturing jobs in the city. Many of these have now left the area or state because of the cost of doing business. We are left with the far less tax base in the commercial sector and a shift of property taxes to private residential. With the new DOD Director on board I would think that his efforts should be focused on rebuilding the commercial tax base and less on walking tours and photo ops with the mayor. Get the commercial sector back and the residential side will rebound. Give hard working people a reason to buy property in the city. This will also force out the bad element that causes the cost of public safety to continue to rise. I am all for paying decent wages for police and fire but let's be realistic. We can't afford to have 55% of the city budget going to public safety. At some point this will need to be dealt with in a fiscally responsible manner.

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Mar-19-13 7:51 AM

And what commercial sector are you talking about concernedcitizen? You actually think any manufacturing will come to Jamestown? And if they do, don't you think the city would have to give the tax breaks? You need to be realistic. This city does not have the skilled workers needed for manufacturing. At this point, I would be happy with a Target store, and several new restaurants.

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Mar-19-13 8:18 AM

@ madman: I would also be happy with a couple of restaurants and a Target but as we all know these will locate out on Fairmount Ave where there already is a retail/restaurant cluster. Question ahow long Shults will hang onto staying in the city. Surprised he hasn't pulled out to greener pastures on Fairmount. City needs to stop chasing business out and be willing to offer heavy short term incentives for long term growth to occur.

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Mar-19-13 9:02 AM

You can probably forget Target - they're not interested in coming to this county. How do I know? I've talked with their real estate division. And as far as restaurants are concerned, this county already has too many that struggle to stay open or have closed, and some have gone seasonal.

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Mar-19-13 9:37 AM

carlaw-you mean problems like they can't get or keep a job because they are dope users or have a criminal history?

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Mar-19-13 10:40 AM

When NYS pays some of the best welfare and Medicaid benefits in the nation, why is anyone surprised that the local career of choice is welfare? It certainly pays better than what most businesses and industry here pays - and you get to sit home all day.

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