Here's an idea: If you shop in the village, you can strike a blow against higher taxes. Deputy Mayor Kurt Wheeler led us to that conclusion last week as he discussed the 2011-12 budget.
The spending plan is hinged on two factors, according to Wheeler: sales taxes generated locally and expanding the community's tax base, which grew just one percent last year.
"People need to understand that when they buy locally in Madison County, it [money] comes back directly to help hold down their property taxes and maintain our streets and parks," said Wheeler. "Money spent in Onondaga County does nothing for us."
He is so right.
The pace of life makes it easy for us to forget about where we live and to make the most of our purchases as we come and go from work. Consequently, we often overlook goods and services that are available here, where we live.
The onset of agreeable weather is the perfect time to shake off the dust from being cooped up all winter and take a stroll through the village. You might be surprised by what you'll find and may be more than pleased by the friendly people you'll meet if you browse the shops and services downtown.
And if you pass by Dave's Diner, be sure stop into the Cazenovia Republican's office and say hello. We'd be interested in hearing what you think of our new home delivery service for the Republican and your suggestions on how we can serve you better.