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Public Meeting Is Right Move In Busti

February 10, 2014

To the Readers’ Forum: As a Lakewood and Town of Busti taxpayer, I commend the Town of Busti Board for at least allowing a public meeting to be held on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. in the Town Office....

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Feb-11-14 6:00 PM

I think the Doc and "ask why" bring up valid points. Why the rush into a purchase of another town government building without public review and comment? I think the politicians have bigger heads and dreams than these two jurisdictions have room or money for. Do the right thing and consolidate the government buildings. It makes financial sense.

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Feb-11-14 7:43 AM

Great write up Rudy. Another concern is how little Busti seems to care about the heart of Lakewood. Lakewood generates the lions share of property and sales tax revenue, which subsidizes rural parts of Busti. While I am for the idea of government consolidation, I don't trust the interests or judgement of the current Busti Town board and leadership.

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Feb-10-14 1:31 PM

Good questions Doc. Perhaps people should start looking at running their area. We have to budget ourselves, home costs and car expenses. Why don't they?

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Feb-10-14 12:05 PM

Why must everyone have their own little kingdom ? Busti and Lakewood are so big that they need their own governments, buildings, and libraries. Basically its a turf war like the Jets and the Sharks from west side story.

Its amazing when you look at it The kids from Busti, Lakewood, Celoron and West Ellicott all manage to go to 1 school Southwestern, but each of these towns needs its own separate government? If you added the population of these 4 areas together they would total less than whats in the city of Jamestown which has 1 government. Its way past time to merge these areas and services into 1 Government.

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Feb-10-14 9:16 AM

Govt's. main interest is to spend more than comes in so they can raise taxes and get a big raise. Hey, It's not their money. It's just monopoly money! Then there is bribes, kickbacks,graft involving tangibles, etc etc. ad -nauseum. Once an individual gets in on the free ride, you are no longer any concern of theirs. They only want to STAY on the gravy train. If they didn't come in corrupted, they will soon become corrupted. ANYTHING for $$ and ANYTHING to STAY in the cushy office. Taxpayers ONLY matter in voting. To get them in and Keep them in! 200+ years ago, when they served for free, snakes didn't run govt. We got a constitution out of it... but today it doesn't seem to be a concern of the reptilian vipers.

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Feb-10-14 8:35 AM

Why can't the town rec. center also be the town court? It is all on one floor and handicap accessible. Court is only one night a week and will not take time away from rec. uses. Start thinking smarter, and efficiently, and stop thinking of ways to increase tax burden to property owners. After all the village has given money to the rec. center that they never spent and has grown to over $100,000.00. Now they want to build something they cannot afford?

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Feb-10-14 8:02 AM

All good questions! I am sure there are other buildings that could house town offices and court that are not prime retail space in the village. May I remind everyone that not too long ago the citizens of the village came together and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate Chautauqua avenue and make our little village nicer to attract private investment and retail stores, now the bureaucrats want to stick a tax sucking building in the center of that? Just goes to show taxpayers the "us first" mentality of public employees and politicians these days. No regard for village residents and property tax payers.

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