Making corrections

Guest viewpoint

The Mayor took credit for the six new businesses including the new Stewart’s Shop, like he was responsible for bringing them to Keeseville. No one person should take credit for the new businesses.

The Mayor stated the Village Civic Center is valued at over $5 million dollars; the truth is the assessment on the Civic Center is slightly over $1.4 million according to the 2013 Town of Ausable Assessment Roll, in which all values are at 100 percent.

He stated that the Village has a Planning Board, Zoning Board and a Building Inspector back on staff whom volunteer their services, the truth is the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals are volunteers, but the Building Inspector is on salary at $6,500 per year from the Village Budget.

The Mayor stated that I vowed, as Supervisor, that there would be no tax increase if the Village dissolved, that is true, but the Mayor also stated or I will cut services, the only service I ever thought should be cut is rubbish removal, an expense the taxpayers pay for even if they don’t use it. What I said at the May 7 Town Board Meeting, which the Mayor was present at, was as follows:

I give my word that you can take to the bank - due to the Village dissolution there will be no increase in taxes or I will resign as budget officer, the budget will be well within 2 percent tax cap I guarantee it.

The Mayor stated that the cost of Town Government is higher than the Village, but the truth is the Town of Chesterfield tax rate is $5.34 per 1,000 of assessed value versus the Village of Keeseville tax rate of$7.50 per 1,000 of assessed value.

As stated earlier I’ll always answer questions with the true facts.

On Oct. 22, the Village Voters will go to the polls to decide the fate of the Village of Keeseville, whatever happens at least the residents have a say in the decision.

Gerald Morrow


Town of Chesterfield

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