Baldwinsville Lysander Town Councilor candidate Andrew Reeves’s letter in the Oct. 26 edition of the Baldwinsville Messenger contains inaccurate information. First Mr. Reeves states that our town taxes are “less than your fire taxes in many areas of the town” (sic). Mr. Reeves knows about fire taxes. He is a member, and former chairman, of the Board of Commissioners for the Plainville Fire District. The district recently adopted its 2012 budget, which contains a 22-percent increase in spending, and oh yes, taxes.
Then Mr. Reeves talks about assessments stating that I “ordered the raise in assessment for AB and all other business in Radisson.” The only person that has the authority to change assessments in any town is the town assessor. The town follows Real Property Tax Law and maintains an equalization rate of 100 percent by adjusting assessment levels annually based on actual sales of real property. If this is not done, the rate will fall below 100 percent, which would increase our county and state taxes. Plus it’s the only fair way to do it. A neighboring town has an equalization rate of 2-percent and only re-assesses property when it’s sold. Now you have the new guy moving in paying $6,000 in tax and the neighbor who’s lived there 25 years paying $3,000 in tax. Both living in the same Ryan built raised ranch. Is this the “JAM” plan for Lysander?
Mr. Reeves goes on to present misinformation about the AB litigation. The company, not the town, initiated the action as they did for many other breweries across the country? The company claimed the brewery was only worth $35 million when they paid three times that for it 30 years ago? Is he suggesting that we should not have responded to the lawsuit and accepted the companies claim? Is this the “JAM” plan for similar issues in the future? Mr. Reeves implies that I had nothing to do with the AB PILOT agreement. Funny, I did not see him “at the table” while I was there. The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency took the lead as they do with all PILOT agreements approved within the county. The County Executive was involved as the county ultimately agreed to a larger reduction in tax payments from the company than what the school district and the town were willing to accept.