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County: Delay further salary talks

June 26, 2013

Chautauqua County legislators are not expected to take up the Salary Review Commission’s proposal during its meeting tonight, according to WDOE. That’s a good thing....

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Jun-26-13 3:12 PM


Actually it's the price we pay for having an area that has been economically depressed for decades.

Not only are home values depressed but wages and benifits are as well, which when coupled with the high tax rate is totally killing the working class, and property owners, of Chautauqua County.

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Jun-26-13 2:55 PM

FREDONIAFRED - taxes as a percentage of home value is the normal standard for tax cmparisons. You might not want to hear this but the reason our property values are low is because property taxes are too high. Jobs are scarce and no one really wants to live here. The report from The Washington Tax Foundation is accurate and justifiable.

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Jun-26-13 1:16 PM

Phil and others continue to quote out of context. We are the 5th highest taxed when comparing taxes as a percentage to home value. A $100K home here pays $4K but the same home in the eastern part of the state is valued at $400K and pays $12K in taxes. The taxes are tripled but the percentage to home value is lower, a price we pay for having low cost housing in Chautauqua County.

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Jun-26-13 11:42 AM


Well the important difference is that the Observer can't make you financially support their company while the government can and does.

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Jun-26-13 9:49 AM

FREDONIAFRED - I don't know where you get your infomation but from 2009 to 2012 my county tax bill went from $963.53 to $1171.37. That's an increase of 22%. The Observer editorial raises an interesting question. Should an organization that is not performing be rewarded for their failure? For all the reasons mentioned in the editorial I believe the proposal should be rejected. When the Washington Tax Foundation identified Chautauqua County as the 5th. highest taxed in the country it should have served as a wake-up call. Instead of a wake-up call what we got was a "snooze alarm" and Mayville went back to sleep as we continue to lose employers and population. So, now they want to be rewarded - for what?

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Jun-26-13 8:56 AM

I'm willing to bet that the management of the Observer has received yearly raises even though the total paid circulation has decreased.

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Jun-26-13 8:55 AM

County property taxes are far below what they were in 2006. Total county tax levy is far below what it was in 2006. School taxes and local taxes have increased. Why blame county government, they have done their part.

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Jun-26-13 8:45 AM

If their current salaries are below market, then there is zero justification to to increase them to market. There are plenty of existing examples to our county -- population size, budget, demographic mix, economic indicators, etc -- to use as benchmarks.

30% sounds like a huge number, but in relative terms its meaningless. As I said before, the county executive's salary is well below a market starting point for a $220 million operation. Get real rather than be stupid -- a steep demand for this clueless church lady gaggle OBSERVER board.

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Jun-26-13 7:59 AM

100% agree. When taxpayers get a decrease in taxes they get a raise in pay. They are a bunch of do nothings. They should be paid per meeting attended and success of keeping expenses down and stop the exit of people and business. Another words they should be successful at their job!!!! I think a cut in pay is in order!!!

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Jun-26-13 1:58 AM

You said it!

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