Duanesburg needs to control its spending

first_imgRichard Hoffmann and I were never against the investigation or purchase of a building for a new Duanesburg town hall. What we are opposed to is the town’s accumulating large surpluses as a result of repeatedly levying more taxes than the budget requires.Additionally, the town keeps the amount of the surplus pretty much confidential. In the 2018 budget, the town levied $429,124, with a surplus over $900,000. There was no reason to levy any taxes. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The amount of surplus is unofficial, since the supervisor has yet to file the 2016 annual report, which was due in the New York State Comptroller’s office before April 30. Paragraph five of Section 30 of the General Municipal Law states:  “It shall be the duty of the incumbent officer at the time such reports are required to be filed with the comptroller to file such a report. The refusal or willful neglect of such officer to file a report as herein prescribed shall be a misdemeanor and subject to the financial officer so refusing or neglecting to a penalty of five dollars per day for each day’s delay beyond the sixty days to be paid on demand of the comptroller.”This is a poor reflection on the town and further demonstrates the reluctance of the board to account for the residents’ money.Regularly spending surplus on items not budgeted by simply passing a resolution isn’t a proper method to handle town finances. More than $1 million has been sent this way without most residents even being aware. It’s time for the board to follow the recommendations given to it in 2014 audit by the comptroller’s office. Taxing more than is needed and spending it without citizen oversight is the real issue.William H. ParkDelansonThe writer is a former Duanesburg town supervisor.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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first_imgRe Feb. 27 article, “CEO makes case for faith in GE”: John Flannery, GE’s CEO, plans to “Reset, Refocus and Renew” GE Power. Flannery should add “GE’s CEO listens and discusses” to the list.A major cause of GE’s problems is that Jack Welch acted as a cult leader when he was CEO. Welch’s ego made him think that he was infallible. He used his managers to rubber stamp misguided strategies. The managers knew that Welch’s closing of product department labs and his laying off of thousands of engineers who were developing new materials and the next generation of turbine generators were suicidal.The managers also knew that Welch would lash out in anger and worse if anyone questioned his decisions.Had Welch allowed open discussions, the problems plaguing GE could have been averted. This is why Flannery has to listen and encourage open discussions with his people to avert fiascoes such as those caused by the “know-it-all” Welch.MARK MARKOVITZNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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