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Rotterdam budget limits taxes but adds fees, cuts medics

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Rotterdam residents won’t see a big increase in their taxes next year, but they’ll notice a few extra fees and one less town-operated service. The Town Board Wednesday adopted a 2014 budget that imposes a $50 annual fee for yard waste pickup and a $50 hike in fees for all of the town’s water districts. The $22.5 million spending plan also slashes funding for the town’s paramedic service in anticipation that an area ambulance company ...

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November 14, 2013
7:34 a.m.

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We need the highway funding increase so the workers can spend their breaks at Stewarts or the Redwood Diner or Tastee Pizzeria. And folks if you don't see the trucks out front they're usually hiding them behind the buildings. These "breaks" start at 7am. If they're just starting work why do they need a break? And although I only used the waste pick up once in 48 years of living here I will now use it frequently. Why waste my gas to go around the corner to take my waste to the compost station when they can pick it up?

November 14, 2013
9:32 a.m.

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You forgot to mention the bagel shop on Curry road. Another hot spot to hang out and do nothing! This is how GREEDY self absorbed politicians act when the public speaks out and replaces cronyism with republican candidates! Buffardi, Calder and Jasenski are all corrupt and need to go!!!! The numbers the town spewed out last night we skewed and done by the chief of thieves and his deputy! Who not better to cook numbers than the guy who gets paid more to do less!

November 16, 2013
6:21 p.m.

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To charge a yard waste fee to all residents is totally unfair. Many residents use a professional lawn service and others use thier own property to discard yard waste. Many of these residents who use lawn service are our senior citizens who no longer can do it themselves. So we are putting another burden on them. This service should be optional and paid for by those who want to use it. The alternative is to reduce 0the highway staff who most of the time stand around or plow their own driveways while on the clock withthe plow truck running.