Van Buren vs. Onondaga County

"Our town board believes that we as the locally elected officials know how to best apply the tax monies for the benefit of the people of Van Buren."

"Consolidation is the buzz word at the county level. Our town has streamlined town operations to the point where this year we will realize a 7 percent reduction in rates, without major consolidation. Are we opposed to consolidation? No. But each case has to be weighed on its own merits."

"I was out of town last week and did not hear the Jim Reith show during which the county executive said Van Buren needs to come into the 21st century. I would submit that the county is not the end all of governments and that perhaps they should look at some of the innovative things some town governments are doing county-wide to streamline government. Rather than county leaders bashing the town, their efforts would be better spent trying to affect change in Albany on state mandated issues."

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