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TOWN?OF?RIPLEY Big spenders overlook cap

December 8, 2013

Has the state tax cap been a success? Not if you are a resident in the town of Ripley. Last month officials approved a 3.9 percent tax increase to serve the 2,400 resident....

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Dec-10-13 12:15 PM

I don't believe Residents get to vote on the budget! Your right most of the economic troubles in Ripley stem from poor leadership from those that run this town. But hey that's what you get when you keep voting in the same people just because you know them and like them personally!

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Dec-10-13 9:14 AM

Chuck: I agree w/you (and knew) that the 2% cap can be overridden IF voters approved it, but this article clearly DOES NOT say that. It does, however, criticize the town board for the 3.9% tax hike?

If JD (or whoever wrote this article) lived in Ripley and voted against the tax hike, then I can understand their complaint, but this paper shouldn't criticize the town board w/o noting that this is what the majority of Ripley residents approved.

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Dec-10-13 7:03 AM

Yes, a municipality can override the cap legally. It's up to the residents of each community to determine what they want or need to spend and then pay the taxes. It's not up to the residents of Dunkirk to determine what residents of Ripley want or need any more than it's not up to Ripley to decide for Dunkirk. This is one reason why consolidation can have an unintended consequence - you loose control of your area's desires.

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Dec-09-13 8:23 AM


And yet Obama has outspent Bush, by at least half a trillion dollars every year he's been in office so far and the left, which still rants about Bush's spending seem to see no problem with Obamas.

Funny how that works.

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Dec-08-13 2:45 PM

That's exactly what I'm saying, commentor! Of course, don't expect any hard questions or investigative reporting from this newspaper. The OBSERVER typically prints whatever it's told (unless it's slanderous), without ever researching, confirming or disputing anything.

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Dec-08-13 10:31 AM

The tax cap is laughable!! If you can simply vote to override it what good is it???? As for Ripley they live on the same planet as Dunkirk. Planet DENIAL!!!

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Dec-08-13 8:49 AM

andy, are you nuts ? the people in ripley believe like the people in detroit.Someone else will pay the bills.Of course, the people in detroit left, the govt is bankrupt, that old liberal largesses again. the same thing will happen here. it is amazing the stupidity from our leaders in view of all the govt financial problems across america, all caused by excessive govt.

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Dec-08-13 7:55 AM

I didn't expect JD to respond to my question on Nov 30, and this article doesn't repeat the same concern I raised regarding a simple override of state law by a small-town board, so can we assume town officials were within their right to ignore a law intended to protect property owners without a public vote?

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Dec-08-13 5:20 AM

Dumbkirk Observer sounds Anti NY ! Dumbkirk Observer sound UN AMERICAN !

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Dec-08-13 5:10 AM

Bush spent like a DRUNKEN SAILOR !

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Dec-08-13 5:07 AM

Freedom is not Free !

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