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posted Apr 24, 2012, 6:42 AM by ProBrockport Brockport   [ updated Aug 15, 2012, 1:39 PM ]

The Village Board of Brockport will hold a regular scheduled meeting Tuesday, April 24th, 7 pm, at the Village Hall, with the Middle School as a back up in case of over occupancy. 

There are a number of items on the agenda, see link below. 
› Trustee Blackman is slated to present the first in a series of reports on Village Court
 Appointments may be made to various vacancies on boards and committees
 Chief Varrenti will be giving the BPD 1st Qtr Report
 Budget items will be discussed
 Public Comment is your opportunity to let the board know your thoughts on the budget process, the upcoming vote on the Referendum of Code Enforcement, or any topic that is on your mind. 
Come and be an active part in your local government. 

Get Out and Vote "NO" on November 29, 2011

posted Nov 24, 2011, 4:21 PM by ProBrockport Brockport   [ updated Mar 25, 2012, 7:51 PM ]



October 28, 2011

posted Oct 29, 2011, 7:38 PM by ProBrockport Brockport   [ updated Oct 29, 2011, 7:38 PM ]

Alternative to a Fire District

Pro-Brockport believes that creating a fire district is not in the best interests of our community and that there is better alternative. Pro-Brockport supports the continuation of the Brockport Fire Department with the establishment of a Tri-Municipal Oversight Committee consisting of appointed members from Brockport, Sweden, Clarkson, and the Brockport Fire Fighters Association. The Committee could be responsible for developing and recommending an annual budget; overseeing the recruitment and retention of volunteers; soliciting input from various stakeholders regarding management and improvement of fire protection services; evaluating performance indicators, including compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards; and overseeing the implementation of the fire protection contracts between the Village and Towns. Each constituency’s representatives could also be utilized as part of a negotiating committee to negotiate new fire protection contracts.

Under this structure, all municipalities can be certain that fire district monies are spent thoughtfully and efficiently. This structure will not result in the creation of an unchecked, governmental taxing authority. Among other benefits, it maintains the community pride, traditions, and volunteerism that are epitomized by the Brockport Fire Department; provides a mechanism for long range planning by a committee representing all interests; allows for collaboration and cooperation between the municipalities; and maintains municipal control over fire protection expenses and tax rates.  

Quality fire protection can be and has been provided without a fire district. A fire district is a governmental agency with only one purpose. When it budgets and spends, it does not consider all of the needs of the community and prioritize among those needs. Fire district election turnout is very poor and those who do vote are usually members of the fire department and their families. For example, in the Gates Fire District, 226 people, only 1.29% of registered voters, approved the expenditure of $1.3 million dollars. Our community already has an admirable and effective fire department. It does not need and cannot afford to create an unnecessary and undemocratic layer of government.

Pro-Brockport wants you to know there is an option other than creating a fire district which is an additional governmental taxing authority.  Contact your local political representatives to request the creation of a Tri-Municipal Oversight Committee.  Restore the Brockport Fire Department!

 Val Ciciotti
Pro-Brockport, Chair

Sept 15, 2011 ProBrockport Position: Proposed Fire District

posted Sep 15, 2011, 11:36 AM by ProBrockport Brockport   [ updated Sep 15, 2011, 11:41 AM ]

Pro-Brockport was criticized for stating that the current budget for the Brockport Fire Department is $571,000 and using this number to compare the allowable cost of a potential fire district.  Let’s set the record straight.  Pro-Brockport did not use the wrong number.  $571,000 is the Fire Department’s budget without the monies dedicated to the reserve fund.  Comparing the Fire Department budget without the reserve fund monies provides a more accurate comparison of what could happen with a fire district.

 

New York State Town Law § 176(18) permits fire districts to spend, without voter approval, $2,000 for the first $1,000,000 in taxable property in the fire district and $1,000 for every additional $1,000,000 of taxable property.  According to the 2011 final assessment role, the value of taxable property in Clarkson is $306,735,944.  The value of taxable property in Sweden, according to its 2011 final assessment role, is $574,656,515.  Using the formula set forth in the law, this allows for fire district expenditures of $881,392 - over a 50% increase of the current Fire Department operating budget. (Our original estimate of $936,000 was based upon numbers verbally given to us by the assessor’s office.)

 

Under the law, this $881,392 would not include a multitude of large expenses such as insurance costs, labor costs, capital debt payments, and “expenditures from a repair reserve fund, contingency and tax stabilization reserve fund, capital reserve fund, debt stabilization fund, workers' compensation reserve fund, mandatory reserve fund, unemployment insurance reserve fund or liability and casualty reserve fund…”   Therefore, a fire district’s expenditures could be substantially higher than Pro-Brockport’s conservative estimate.  Additionally, the reserve monies in the current Brockport Fire Department budget would not be included in the $881,392.  

 

Pro-Brockport works to provide the best possible information to allow the public to make educated decisions. On the other hand, supporters of the creation of a fire district have pointed to this spending “limit” as a control over spending.  They also point to the two-percent tax cap, without informing you that a board of fire commissioners could easily override the cap with a simple majority vote. (An override requires a 60% vote of the board, which is three out of five commissioners.)  The towns even drafted a proposed fire district budget that is smaller than the current budget.  Too bad that neither the Town nor the Village boards have any control over a fire district budget.  So, who’s trying to mislead the public?

 

 

Sunday, August 4, 2011

posted Sep 3, 2011, 3:11 PM by ProBrockport Brockport   [ updated Mar 23, 2012, 6:26 PM ]


August 9, 2011

posted Aug 9, 2011, 10:40 AM by ProBrockport Brockport   [ updated Mar 23, 2012, 7:07 PM ]

Pro-Brockport Position on the Proposed Fire District

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