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More on Tax Raiser Greg Schmidt & Tax Delinquent Randy Swan

February 24, 2010

Op-Ed

There is a distinct difference between fact and fiction. It’s our intention to supply our readers with a REALITY CHECK on false claims that circulate so readily on websites and in the streets during election season. We will update this page as appropriate in order to supply you with the truth about the complex issues facing our village.

WE LOWERED YOUR TAXES.

No spin - just cold, hard facts. During Greg Schmidt’s 4 year tenure as Mayor, the Village Budget grew $4 Million. Your taxes were raised 22% during this same time. The public record shows that his running mate, Randy Swan owes back taxes for properties dating back to 2009 in the amount of $8408.38 and for this year in the amount of $5,751.02. His water bill is currently past due for two years in the amount of $1279. We understand that these are tough economic times. What we don’t understand is why Mr. Swan isn’t supporting the candidates who, for the first time in Croton history, LOWERED TAXES 1.9% while cutting the Village as well - and as recently as two weeks ago by $55,000.00.

WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH DENSITY HOUSING IN HARMON OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE VILLAGE THAT COULD OVERCROWD OUR SCHOOLS.

There is NO housing development on the table anywhere in the village. Take a look at the zoning changes and supporting data for yourself. The changes we enacted promote business and encourage small scale, attractive, private improvement of individual lots. They remove red tape for business owners, and add substantial new net revenue for the village, town and schools.

WE HAVE BALANCE ON THE BOARD

Balance is more than just labels. As a registered Democrat, Greg Schmidt should know that. Balance is diversity in skills and talents. Your current Village Board has the balance of skills and talents that it takes to move the Croton on Hudson through these difficult financial times while positioning us for a more prosperous future.

Ann brings extensive planning knowledge on successful strategies for preservation as well as economic development plus a wide network of planning people and resources. She has demonstrated an ability to bring residents together to get things done through her service on the Bicycle Pedestrian Committee (BPC), Economic Development Committee (EDC), Comprehensive Plan Committee and Public Art Committee to name a few.

Rick brings some of the best professional management practices to the table, which enables the staff to communicate better and work as a team. He is a master at the art of reaching consensus enabling the board to move ahead. Rick was instrumental in the budget cuts of the past year, which resulted in the lowering of your Village taxes by 1.9% - first time that’s ever happened!

During Greg Schmidt’s tenure as Mayor, the Village budget grew an average of $1Million a year for 4 years. Your taxes were raised accordingly. Randy Swan has never been seen participating in Village affairs - whether that includes service on a committee, participation in a public hearing or expressing his opinion at a Village Board meeting. The public record does show that he is currently in arrears on his property taxes dating back to 2007.

If you think labels achieve balance, then you should vote for Greg Schmidt and Randy Swan.

But if you are looking for responsible, diverse leadership, that brings results we think you’ll agree - Ann Gallelli and Rick Olver are the right choice for Croton.

Source: Croton Democrats



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