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Fredonia Village Board passes budget

April 23, 2013

The village of Fredonia passed its budget for the upcoming fiscal year at its Monday night meeting board . The village approved the budget by a vote of 4 to 1 with Trustee Marc Ruckman voting “n....

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Apr-23-13 7:49 AM

So, the duly elected village board approved their budget, complete with a tax increase, with an 80% approval.

Sounds not even close. Sounds pretty straight forward. Sounds like the village likes the budget and is fine with the tax increase. Sounds like Fredonia is saying, "who needs Dunkirk?", and "Who needs regionalization? Most importantly, "Who cares about the honking from the clueless church lady gaggle OBSERVER board?"

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Apr-23-13 9:12 AM

I have always found it interesting that with a population similar to Dunkirk, Fredonis is able to function with a budget less than half of the city. Having said that those who own higher value property in the village are getting clobbered with excessive taxes and fees just as they are in Dunkirk. The problem is too much government in both communities. Geographically we are joined at the hip. So, why do we need separate police, fire and public works departments? Why do we need duplications in public safety equipment, road maintenance equipment and administrative personnel? How many more of our youth must leave the area before we realize that we have been on a course of self-destruction? Oh, I know, there are some who are hung up on communitdy pride and some who simply can't stand the diversity in Dunkirk but the fact remains that the current structure of government is not sustainable in either community.

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Apr-23-13 1:42 PM

Fredonia may not be the greatest but they sure as h ell do NOT need Dunkirk. Why would they want to hook up with someone who is in the shape Dunkirk is in. Phil go find someone else to save your sorry city.

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Apr-23-13 5:19 PM

I think Phil has a more than valid point relative to a regionalized approach to government. I think Dunkirk has a lot to offer, and so does Fredonia. Phil is dealing with purely economic factors, not the emotional or old rivalry issues of some. I can't believe I'm doing this, but I agree with Phil, 100%!

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Apr-23-13 5:21 PM

I also think Fredonia residents are being VERY short sighted if they don't see the impending economic issues of their own. Your school system, for example, is not immune to the same issues every other school in the area is having. If Carriage House closes, it's going to hurt.

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Apr-23-13 6:17 PM

Not surprised two Dunkerkites are a mutual admiration society. Name what Dunkirk has that Fredonia needs. The housing market in Fredonia has houses selling every day. The value of homes in Fredonia have a higher value than Dunkirk. Crime in Fredonia is way lower than it is in Dunkirk. I gave you two I'll wait for your response.

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Apr-23-13 8:02 PM

Commentor - tell me, how much does the college pay in property taxes every year? What is the village going to do if Carriage House closes their doors? You ask what does Dunkirk have? It has a tax base far greater than Fredonia to help pay for the services. It has a natural harbor for recreation. Maybe most important Dunkirk has an inexhaustable supply of fresh water. Add to these an abundant supply of low cost housing, acccess to major transportation routes including rail and a neighborhood school system where children can actually walk to school. Have I given you enough?

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Apr-23-13 9:25 PM

Phil you're laughable. Tax base?? What are you going to do when NRG goes out??Low income housing?? You think that's a plus?? As for your waterfront nothing is going on there to set the world on fire. As for your school system the ratings are poor. Either take your meds or get off whatever you're on.

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Apr-24-13 1:07 AM

commentor is right! Phil your neighborhood schools are why the school budget is so high, here you are for consolidation, yet you champion expensive neighborhood schools--wow!

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Apr-24-13 12:26 PM

I agree that the neighborhood schools are costing Dunkirk hundreds of thousands of extra expenses.

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