City Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian writes letter in support of consolidation
We received the following letter from Batavia City Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian:
(SMSI) shared municipal services
(CGR) center for govermental research
(AIM) Aid Incentives Municipalitys
Our obligation is to our city and our taxes payers. AIM revenues would be approximately $650,000 In the first year and that would reduce the combined property tax levy of the city and town by 15% per year. Only if the city and town are consolidated. That’s a win-win situation.
The cities growth is down -7% and the towns growth is up + 26.2% giving these figures that the burden is on mostly city taxpayers for Ambulance, police and fire services. The city and town both have recognized boundaries to be shifted for growth. We are faced with fiscal challenges all the time and now is the time to step up and make the necessary changes to be a viable one municipality.
We have been successful with water, city dispatch consolidation and economic efforts. Now is the time to move forward for shared services and consolidation of the ambulance, fire and police departments. I can foresee other shared services in the future to engage fiscal responsibilities like town and city highway departments and the animal control officer.
My goal is to create joint shared services with economic growth for a fiscal responsibility for all. Giving the State of the economy we must protect our communities with shared services to create a fordable standard of living.
Rose Mary Christian