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Posted by: Michael Caswell
« on: March 18, 2020, 06:44:15 am »

As the Trump administration seeks a $1 Trillion economic stimulus package, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly warned Republican senators privately on Tuesday evening that if Congress failed to act this could happen:

US unemployment could hit 20% - almost double the jobless rate during the Great Recession after the 2008 financial crisis.
Posted by: Michael Caswell
« on: March 17, 2020, 04:00:05 am »

Monday March 16th was a day most of us will not forget in a hurry.

It was the day many of America’s businesses closed their doors. It was a day that for many small businesses will be their last. It will be the start of a flood of foreclosures as folks will default on their mortgages. It will be the start of a slump in property values. Property assessments will need lowering.

Walking through Wegmans in Perinton was an eerie experience. Somber faces of customers and Wegmans employees, and empty shelves everywhere. There were slim pickings indeed.

At our last meal in Applebees we were told they were closing their doors to customers at 8pm that night, and had no idea when they would open again. All the bar tenders and waiting staff had lost their jobs. So many people work in these service industries because we have come to rely on imported products, we have a very small manufacturing industry left. All those people are now wondering how they will survive, because many of them live from paycheck to paycheck. They are YOUR neighbors. Remember, Fairport schools have 23% of children who are receiving free school meals, because they are officially below the poverty line. I'll bet a large percentage of them are single parent families with the parent working in low paid jobs like the restaurant industry. This must be devastating.

Meanwhile, we have those working in ‘government’ jobs, who don’t have to worry. Their pay is guaranteed. Their medical bills are covered, their property taxes are covered. They rely on the rest of us to pay for them through taxation.

Which brings us to the other harsh reality for Perinton and Fairport residents.

Our ‘government’ has just imposed a harsh raise in assessed property values. Our taxes have gone up enormously in the past already.

Our town supervisor (who is paid more than $112,000 a year) spent an evening at a public meeting trying to fob us off with a comparison of the tax hike he has just imposed with another Town, Webster.

But, this was a rouse, a red herring. He should have compared us with all the other towns along the canal. If he had done that, he would have realized Perinton residents are paying more than TWICE THAT OF EVEN PITTSFORD. (see the ECNA charts). He would have realized our taxes have more than doubled in the past ten years.

To add insult to injury, these ‘government jobs’ boys have imposed a $65,000,000 school tax hike on us for the most frivolous expenditures, like plastic grass on playing fields etc). We have just forked out for a new bus depot which some are calling Fairport’s Taj Mahal.

These people are spending our money with careless abandon!  We are being taxed out of existence.  HOW DARE THEY! 

Now the schools are closed, people are beginning to realize there are going to have to be some changes. Do we actually need to have our kids herded into these petri dish germ infested places?  Is there now a case for reduced hours at schools? Can we use online teaching methods?  Our world is changing - rapidly.

The NY State GRACE act has been passed to help towns and village reduce the tax burden, but our ‘officials’ don’t seem to have any clue about it.  Residents need to embrace this law and FORCE our officials to implement it NOW!


With so many small businesses about to go bust, our local Perinton town officials need to put a halt to their unaffordable schemes, and immediately cancel the $65,000,000 school project, and repeal the property tax hike.