City waste collection fee hike is unfair
I must agree with Schenectady United Neighborhoods President Tom Carey’s assessment (“Police spending scrutinized at budget hearing,” Oct. 14) that the mayor’s proposed waste fee increase for 2021 being both regressive and disproportionate.
I looked at the waste department portion of our proposed budget and for the life of me cannot get my arms around why the mayor has proposed raising the trash fee approximately 22%.
If one looks at the expense lines which include admin costs, waste collection costs, waste disposal costs and waste recycling costs totaling $3,248,599 and subtract those costs from the waste revenue lines which include the waste fee for one-,two- and three-family homes proposed at $5,756,192, along with commercial pickup at $231,417 and outside the city (Scotia) $552,000 the elephant in the room is the grand total revenue of $6,539,609 which leaves $3,291,010 after expenses are paid.
Clearly the brunt of this $1.2 million increase is on the backs of one-, two- and three-family homeowners, since commercial accounts, even after the proposed per gallon increase is included, only will bring in a paltry $231,417.
My question to the City Council charged with adopting the budget is, “What’s the justification for increasing the after expense adopted number of $1,704,069 for 2020, to a whopping $3,291,010 proposal for 2021?” Isn’t a $2 million contingency enough? Add this $1.2 million fee increase to the proposed 2.82% tax increase and the homeowner is looking at a total increase of approximately 6% to live in their home next year.
Attend Duanesburg solar meeting Oct. 21
On Sept. 19, 2019, Duanesburg Planning Board approved Eden Renewables’ special use permit and site plan for a combined 10MW/AC solar power plant sited on 65 acres with 45,000 photovoltaic tracking panels, which abuts my 2,500 foot property line.
On Oct. 16, 2019, I filed an Article 78 against the developer, landowner and town. I learned of the project just nine days before the public hearing. Access to the disorganized application file was frustrating.
Eden Renewables presented project documents that omitted my home, which is 600 feet from the solar array. The approved resolution has the incorrect project address, project acreage and solar array coverage. The decommissioning plan is incomplete, and funding is inadequate. The site plan does not protect my views.
The case is pending in the Appellate Court, Third Division.
On Oct. 28, 2019, NYSERDA approved incentives over $4,700,000 to Eden for two battery storage projects that are not mentioned in the approved resolution or incorporated into the final site plan.
On Nov. 14, 2019, Duanesburg Supervisor Roger Tidball announced a resolution to enact a solar moratorium allowing review of the town’s solar law.
On Oct. 21, 2020, Duanesburg will hold its first meeting to review the town’s solar law.
Attend the virtual Solar Review meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 to ask questions, request stronger laws and protect your property rights. Details are available on the town website duanesburg.net or contact the town clerk at [email protected] or 518-895-8920.
Duanesburg deserves better legal oversight.
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