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Silver Creek’s budget revealed

April 16, 2013

SILVER CREEK — Two public hearings were held at the start of the Silver Creek Village Board meeting Monday. The first was to pass the local law to override the tax cap....

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bronski

Apr-17-13 7:00 AM

As for the increase do to pensions and health plans, then it is time to cut the fat. I don't want to see anyone lose their jobs but this village can not sustain the amount of employees anymore. Time to get rid of the police department and enter into shared services with the town. We do not need 3 people in the clerks office for this village. The town has 3 and it is twice the size. Do we really need 7 in the DPW for 1.2 square miles in the village with several roads being county or state that they do not maintain. Wake up people, no tax base anymore. Time to look at the big picture and start downsizing.

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STUPADASO

Apr-16-13 10:19 AM

THE MAIN REASON THERE ARE GOING TO BE TAX INCREASES IS BECAUSE OF THE HEALTH CARE AND PENSION INCREASES. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO WAKE UP AND DEMAND THE STATE STOP GIVING UNION PENSIONS? LOOK WHAT HAPPEN TO THE BIG 3 CAR COMPANIES A FEW YEARS AGO, THEY GOT OBAMA MONEY TO REMAIN OPEN, MOSTLY CAUSED BY UNION HEALTH CARE AND PENSION COSTS.

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OpenMind

Apr-16-13 9:13 AM

so - if the article is correct and I am reading this right - for those property owners who live in Silver Creek we will see about a $1.00 increase in our tax rate when you combine the increase in school and village tax rates. That's one heck of an increase - better start saving now! Don't know where to find it in our budgets since even though I got a small raise this year, I am taking home less pay because of increased FICA and my medical insurance went up! Where will it all end?

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Magicjohnson

Apr-16-13 7:56 AM

OURnotgonalikeme I agree with many of your points. One I strongly disagree with. Its why you wont run for office. Honestly it has nothing to do with who you know or socialize with. Any resident would get elected if they truly care about their community, want to make a difference, not have an ax to grind with a personal agenda and plain common sense. That's what gets you elected. Its very simple to sit back and criticize decisions made by elected officials when you don't even want to be part of a solution. I think the real reason you wont run because you know its not an easy job, you might actually have to do something instead of complaining about it. If you think you can fix things, PLEASE show up at a board meeting and explain it to them!

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OURnotgonalikeme

Apr-16-13 5:40 AM

Seriously, enough... Observer, PLEASE just stop writing about Silver Creek... Really, I know I speak for a lot of residents when I say this. It really just make me sick to read and see a once really proud community choke to death and constantly fall for the same "I want to fix, improve, save..." crap the people who run for office give us. Why don't I run, you say? Because if I have learned anything from growing up here it is that if you don't run in the same circles or clubs, you don't get to make that difference.

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OURnotgonalikeme

Apr-16-13 5:28 AM

"Our intent is to go below but we have been advised to do this as many other communities have. ... We are doing this for the protection of the village and the taxpayers," he said.

Who would advise this?? So, you set a cap, but then override it so at the end of the day when you go over it because of ....say....mismanagement you can cover your butt? Meanwhile we have emergency meetings for spending, emergency meetings for training, emergency meetings for 4wd trucks, for business leaving, for fans for sewer plant and video cameras. YET I CAN'T DRIVE DOWN MY STREET BECAUSE OF POT HOLES THAT DON'T GET FIXED RIGHT BECAUSE THE WATERLINES(yet another thing that was supposed to be done for the last 3 years, but constantly gets put off so we can get the board members street done first) ARE TOO CLOSE TO THE SURFACE AND HAVE TO BE FIXED BEFORE A REAL PAVING CAN BE DONE(also another one of those things that have been done on various streets 3 times over)

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OURnotgonalikeme

Apr-16-13 5:14 AM

Ok, I am no budget genius, but what I see in this article is how the board/Mayor doesn't want to go over the cap( in other words, gee everyone likes me....Please...) but will go over( in other words, I will be firm on getting things done no matter what the cost!!!) Needless to say if I did my math correctly taxes have increased $.52 per $1000 this year and somehow this isn't enough of an increase??? According to the article the last several years total was $.54 and in one year the increase was almost equal and we vote to override the cap? Nick, you're supposed to be the "GREAT UNITER" you brought the parties together, ran unapposed and the first thing you do is override the tax cap so you can raise taxes even higher that they have increased over 5 years???

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