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To The Editor:

A letter to the editor, entitled “ Fair Taxes,” that appeared in the local media June 21 deserves a response.The writer stated he has lived 36 years on Lakeshore Drive, Norwood.

His questions addresses Norwood officials and others. His questions and statements are:

1) Concern about high taxes paid to Norwood and others.

Answer: No taxes are paid to Norwood by writer as he is not a resident of village. Norwood is not assessing your property, town assesses property.

2) Poor road condition of Lakeshore Drive from Lobster House to arena.

Answer: Town DPW superintendent informed me last week they plan to re-surface the road next year. The village of Norwood is responsible for section from Lobster House to Riverside Cemetery, which is included in our forward street plan.

3) Why are there only two fire hydrants on each end of Lakeshore Drive?

Answer: The two fire hydrants on each end are in section of Lakeshore Drive owned by village and Maple Street in village. There are village water lines supplying water to these two hydrants. You live outside village and I expect since you live on Norwood Lake, the fire department would obtain water from lake and also use pumper truck.

4) Would like to know where all the tax dollars collected from Lakeshore Drive, Norwood, residents is spent?

Answer: If you are one of the few residents in village of Norwood residing on Lakeshore Drive contact village office for copy of budget. I might add those village of Norwood residents received a substantial village tax decrease this year over last. The writer should contact school, town and county.

5) Why did assessor raise my assessment $10,000 when appraisal is lower?

Answer: Suggest you contact assessor. Phone number is 265-2810.

6) Leadership actions continuously burden taxpayers.

Answer: The Norwood Village Board, assisted by employees and shared services, reduced village of Norwood taxes about 20 percent this year. Thank you to the many residents who called, stopped in office and expressed their appreciation for receiving a much reduced tax bill.

7) Elected officials do pet projects, cater to special interest which these elected officials belong to.

Answer: Please contact writer with specifics if it pertains to village of Norwood. (315-353-2372, ext. 2)

The person who apparently sent the letter I know and respect. His personal support of the Norwood Lake Regatta many years is appreciated. I encourage anyone with questions or advice regarding Norwood village to contact village officials. We are available 24/7. Have left phone message with person who wrote the “Fair Taxes” letter to editor to ensure he wrote the letter and discuss his concerns.

Jim McFaddin

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