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Wed., Oct. 7
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To The Editor:

Do we need a village administrator or not?

What the heck is going on here? I just don’t get it. We elect a Massena village mayor and trustees who run on platforms of fiscal responsibility and lower taxes and they want to increase their salaries 42% and 50%, respectively? In a village where unemployment is rampant and local property taxes are already crushing us with their burden? Obviously, Mr. Hidy and his trustees just don’t get it, either.

They claim that they are working harder because of not having a professional administrator. I am sure this is true and I thank them for their efforts. But I remember our mayor claiming we couldn’t afford the financial burden of a professional administrator when he eliminated that position.

If we are going to increase village taxes to pay for administrative work then I want a true professional back at the helm instead of our elected amateurs. They may be fine professionals in other areas but not administration. I have a suggestion – perhaps the town and village can share an administrator, as we have historically done with a few other positions?

And there’s something else I just don’t get. We have two elected leaders of our town and village (Joe Gray and Jim Hidy) who are both fine, honest, well-intentioned men and friends of mine. They are also members of the political party that is supposed to be leading the way towards lower tax burdens and more efficient government.

Yet one proposes a tax increase of 27% (Massena town) and the other wants a 6.5% increase (Massena village). How does this make any sense, political or otherwise?

It makes retiring to anywhere other than this beautiful area more and more enticing, to be sure.

John Acton


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