City must justify proposed fee hikes
A fee by any other name is a tax. What matters to Schenectady homeowners is how much will it cost this year to stay in their home.
Once again, as it was just two short years ago, Mayor Gary McCarthy is proposing a hike in the waste collection fee along with smaller increases in water and sewer fees.
While the general tax line remains flat, these proposed increases that come when inflation is running rampant will make it more difficult for some, especially seniors like myself to make ends meet.
The waste fund two years ago was flush to the tune of over $3.2 million, and while the council halved the 22% fee hike it still did not appear to be justified.
Now the mayor is acting like a television pitch man selling life insurance, breaking down the cost to $1 a week or $52 a year.
I will again charge the City Council to ask for the numbers over the last five years, including pickup and disposal tonnage, and cost per ton per year.
Also ask for the amount we are charging the village of Scotia to do their waste collection.
Why does it appear the waste fee hikes always fall on the backs of 1-, 2- and 3-family homes and not commercials and contracted collections?
The employee raises are very well deserved, but this coming year’s increase appears to cover much more than that.
The key word here is justification, please ask for it.
To save democracy, vote Republican
Walter Cronkite once said: “I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire… non-committed to a cause — but examining each case on its merits.”
Today’s liberals (Democrats) no longer bother to create even the illusion of the distinguished journalist’s definition. The list of “acceptables” allowed into their small and tightly controlled [tent] shrinks with each passing week.
First, conservatives, Republicans, MAGAs, people with conventional religious values simply need not apply.
You won’t be heard above the donkeys’ shrill and churlish schoolgirl whining.
Then, the great unwashed are thrown into the basket of deplorables and whisked out of “The Vineyard” (courtesy of NIMBY).
Democrat are no longer the party that stood up for free speech, the freedom to think, to debate, to dialogue; no longer the party of Dr. Martin Luther King who said, “Once you throw the first rock … steal a TV, you’re no longer a protestor. You are a criminal.” They now disavow and disparage these cornerstones of democracy at every turn. The party that once decried violence, now applauds it (BLM and pro-abortion advocates).
If you want a return to freedom of thought, freedom of expression, respect for the rule of law, if you rightfully fear for the future of our republican democracy, you must feel duty bound to vote Republican in the midterm elections.
Anything less than Republican control of both Houses of Congress, statehouses, and city halls will ensure continued violence on our city streets, sheer folly in our schools and economic collapse.
Frank J. Ciervo