We want your news! Send us: News release |Letter to the Editor | Share a picture | Newborn | Birthday | Engagement | Wedding | Other Milestone
Today







Trying to stand up for the Taxpayers!

If we are going to improve the economy and create jobs in Oswego County, we need elected officials from both parties to work together to get things done. Since I took office as a County Legislator, I have attempted to do exactly that. Sadly, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have blocked common-sense legislation that I propose simply because of my party affiliation.

During my campaign last year, I made a promise to the people of Fulton and Granby that I was going to be an advocate for fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. In keeping that promise, I offered a proposal that we reinstate a real property tax exemption for home improvement projects. This was a program that was on the books in Oswego County from 2003 through 2008. Under that program, homeowners could make improvements to their property without being immediately hit with a higher property tax bill. Instead, the increase would be phased in over five years. Many other counties and local governments have similar laws on their books, including the City of Fulton.

Throughout the year, I worked with county administration officials to bring back this program. I was under the impression all that time, that the discussions we had were being conducted in good faith and that the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee would vote to send this legislation for a full vote by the legislature. In the spirit of bi-partisanship, I even made a compromise from my original proposal believing that it was a step in the right direction.

At the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee meeting in July, my proposal was unanimously blocked by Republicans on the committee without explanation. A decade ago, the County Legislature passed this measure without a single negative vote.

To get this legislation considered, I was left with no choice but to bring this directly to the full legislature. After I did so, I attempted to explain my motion but was rudely cut off, twice, and not allowed to speak. Some legislators behaved unprofessionally and disrespectfully. In the end, I was not allowed to finish my statement and – not surprisingly – the legislation was not even brought to a vote. All of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, except for one, voted to block this common-sense proposal.

By opposing my legislation, these members of Legislature prevented the property tax break from going forward and, I believe, they failed to do right by their constituents. I have no doubt, that this program, properly promoted, would have been an incentive for many residents to make needed home improvements, get some property tax relief, and even help create residential construction jobs.

Despite this clearly partisan behavior by the majority, I remain resolute and will continue trying to work together with legislators of both parties and will continue fighting for what I think is right.

Dan Farfaglia
Oswego County Legislator
Fulton-Granby

Print This Post Print This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Search Our Archives:

James J. Tetro, 89

James J. Tetro, 89, of Fulton, died Tuesday November 25, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

Continue reading


United Way Invites You To Dine With Us

Executive Director Melanie Trexler along with the staff and board members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County invites you to Dine With Us. Beginning in December restaurants in Oswego and Fulton will host United Way Dine With Us nights to raise awareness of United Way and its mission of helping those in need.

Continue reading


Commercial Property for Sale- 375 Mitchell Street

52,000 square foot warehouse space on 23 acres in the City of Oswego

Continue reading


Eastern Shore Associates’ Pulaski Office Is Not Closing

“Despite rumors to the contrary, our Pulaski office is not closing,” said Martha Murray, president, Eastern Shore Associates. “Terri Gregory and Barb Hubbard are retiring at the end of the year, but we will continue to serve our customers there with a full staff.”

Continue reading


Kenneth Dewitt Gardner, 57

Kenneth Dewitt Gardner, 57, of Fulton, died Monday November 24, 2014, at Oswego Hospital after a short illness.

Continue reading



v3_2014_64