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Posted on November 19, 2018 at 9:58 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
With the Thanksgiving holiday this week and Christmas just around the corner, this is the time of the year to be both thankful for what we have, be appreciative of family and friends, and be mindful of others. I have always been inspired by the generosity of the Webster community to those less fortunate. This spirit of one neighbor helping another is just one part of what makes Webster such a great community.
I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to the many volunteers throughout Webster who have given of themselves by donating their time, effort, and in some cases financial assistance. This is what the spirit of the holidays is truly about; helping those who truly need help. It would be impossible to list every person and organization, so to all of them please accept not only my sincere appreciation, but also the appreciation of the entire Town Board.
In this season of being thankful, allow me to personally thank some very special people.
To my wife Karen, our children and grandchildren; thank you for your constant love, support and putting up with me and my long work hours. My family means everything to me and you have always been there for me, for which I am so very grateful.
To the men and women that I call my Department Heads I extend a huge note of thanks for their dedication and hard work. To the Town Board, Bill Abbott, Patti Cataldi, Barry Deane and Alecia Mazzo; my thanks to you for the continued support to help make the Town of Webster the place, “where life is worth living!” To all the employees here at the Town – thank you for your hard work on behalf of the residents. Without these individuals I would not be able to govern the Town of Webster and provide the services in which we have come to depend upon.
Just a reminder that Webster Town Hall will be closed Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd to allow our employees to spend time with their family and friends for this Thanksgiving holiday.
On behalf of all the employees of the Town of Webster, I wish you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Ronald W. Nesbitt
Webster Town Supervisor
Posted on November 13, 2018 at 8:31 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
On Thursday, November 1st the Webster Town Board unanimously passed the 2019 Budget after a couple minor amendments. The passing of the budget was the final step in a five month process of meetings with Department Heads and open public hearings with residents of Webster.
The $25 million budget has a seven cent tax rate increase for Town of Webster residents, bringing the tax rate from $5.10 to $5.17. Residents inside the Village of Webster will see their tax rate go from $4.55 to $4.70, a fifteen cent per thousand increase do to many factors affecting the Village tax rate and services provided to the Village.
The Town Board has taken a lot of time to make sure every department within the budget is adequately funded to provide first class services to all residents of Webster. We are confident that this budget will serve the Webster residents well in providing governmental services to you for the entire 2019 year.
Of course there was one resident that suggested that I blather on about the low taxes in Webster when he proclaims that we are losing out on doing street lighting projects in the town, a wide ranging sidewalk plan, and other non-emergency items in Webster because taxes are too low here.
In other words he would like to raise taxes to the heights of other towns who have much higher tax rates with police departments like Irondequoit at $6.51, Greece at $6.32 or Gates at $ 6.10 to provide, in his opinion, services needed by Webster residents, when programs already exist to provide street lighting, sidewalks to Webster residents that want these services in their subdivisions.
The Town Board and I are very proud of having the lowest tax rate with a police department of the other five towns that have police departments in Monroe County.
Add to that 1,400 acres of open space, 11 town parks, Webster Park with 532 acres, and 28 miles of trails in Webster I think Webster residents would agree that this is a bargain in your town tax rate compared to other towns with police departments, in my opinion.
I believe low taxes matter in growing a community and I also believe that residents of Webster are better at spending their own money instead of government taking your money for fund balance growth or a rainy day fund for future use. You work hard for your money and I, as your Supervisor, only want what it takes to provide the services necessary to make Webster government run efficiently with the $25 million necessary in our town budget.
The 2019 Budget is now put to bed but it will not be long before the Webster Town Board will be working on the 2020 budget come June of 2019.
As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt
Posted on October 22, 2018 at 10:21 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
At the 2019 Budget Public Hearing on Thursday night, a question was asked about the Recreation Department closing the Wrap Around Program and the Before and After school program. To clarify, the Town is NOT closing the Wrap Around Program, which is a summer time program, which allows parents to drop off their children early in the morning and stay late in the day after their daytime programs are complete.
This program, in the 2018 budget, had a budget number of A7020.10095 for $65,000, and zero in that line for 2019 because we moved that expense into the Seasonal Personnel line (A7020.10097) and increased that line item from 2018 at $58,000 to $94,000 for 2019. The revenue for the Wrap Around Program in 2018, line A210.02010, was $125,000, and for 2019 that revenue was moved to line item A210.02003 and increased from 2018 at $140,000 to $230,000 in 2019.
Now the Before and After School program is being dropped by the Recreation Department, due to the ongoing difficulty in finding qualified counselors that would pass background and drug tests necessary to provide care to children, and also the fact that attendance for these programs had dropped to below twenty kids in the morning and less than fifteen in the afternoon. So the budget line item A7020.10110 expenses for $32,000 and also budget line A7020.40233 for $4,200 for Before and After School Supplies are going to zero in 2019 and the revenue line from 2018 line item A21002042 for $60,000 is also going to zero in 2019.
This makes the loss of revenue for the Before and After Care Program as a negative $27,400 for the 2019 budget cycle. The Wrap Around Program is still in the 2019 budget for Webster residents to use for their children in the before and after summer programs. It is a very popular program and we are excited to continue this long standing program.
The decision to drop the Before and After School Program was made before the Webster Central School District announced their new time changes for 2019. In speaking within the last couple of days with Superintendent Gumina, the Webster School District will be adding Before and After School Programs in their schools in 2019.
The Town of Webster’s Parks & Recreation Department will not be losing $80,000 in profits from the 2019 Budget as was alleged on social media. The total Recreation revenue in 2018 was $860,600. In 2019, that revenue is projected to be $837,600, for a decrease of $23,000, which accounts for the Before and After Care Program.
If you have questions about the 2019 Town of Webster Budget, please contact me or any of the Town Board members for accurate information.
We also encourage you to attend the next Meet & Greet event where you can come discuss the budget with us, along with any other matters. Additionally, the School Superintendent and School Board members will be there to answer any questions related to the change in start times or other concerns. The next Meet & Greet event is on Monday, October 29th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Webster Public Library.