Vote no May 16. I received in the mail, as most Palmyra-Macedon residents did, a Macedon Library tax referendum proposal. This would increase an annual library tax levy from $0.01215 per $1,000 to $0.0563 per $1,000 of assessed property value for both Palmyra and Macedon taxpayers as a district support in the school taxes. Currently, Palmyra and Macedon both have libraries that meet both communities and help with so many that have transportation issues.
As I read it, I could not believe what I was reading. Sure the reasons appeared to be done with great convincing and quality persuasiveness, but the reality is there should be no referendum placed before Pal-Mac residents. Once again, consolidation is cost shifting to the taxpayers with a higher chance to increase state aid to the school showing “consolidation.”
I sat in a few town of Macedon meetings where the town board gloated with much glee on how they receive so much revenue with the increase in businesses to this area. Just alone with Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Waste Management on how they are receiving millions of dollars in revenue.
Each year the library board puts forth a modest budget to the town of Macedon Board for the town board to give only a quarter of their request. The monies were going toward duplications of services that served the town board’s own hidden agendas instead of the agenda of the people they represent.
I say vote no to the proposition, and you insist that Macedon Town Board give the library board its requested budget each year so that all those “factors and avoidances” can occur on their own without increasing taxes again.
It can be done by living within the means of all the revenues that the town of Macedon receives. It will still meet all the needs of running the town government.
Yes, there are state mandates, but fortunately this does not affect the town of Macedon due to such a huge revenue base.
The town’s revenue will be even greater within another year when the town of Macedon will be the primary host community to Waste Management and receive an additional $2-3 million. The host community contract states that a portion of the monies received go toward community benefits. I feel the library and the trails of Macedon are a great community benefit for increasing quality of life for the residents and visitors to the area.
Vote no to the Macedon Public Library referendum May 16 at Palmyra-Macedon Intermediate School. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.