Sunday, December 12, 2010

Do YOU Vote In Fire District Elections?

  
An average of just 59 voters cast ballots in these elections in Monroe County over the past 5 years.

"The townspeople don't care. The only way the townspeople care who the fire commissioners are is if their house burns down and no one shows up. They should care because they're paying fire district taxes. But as long as the fire company shows up, they're happy." ~~ Leo Murphy, Penfield Fire District secretary
According to the D&C, a $100,000 home in the Pittsford Fire District was taxed about $67 this year, while a residence of the same value in the Ridge Road Fire District in Greece owed $427.
"The only issue out there is 'What are you going to charge me on my next tax bill?' and most people like myself pretty much don't bother to question it. If it ain't broke, what am I going to fix?" ~~ Jeremy Carter, Pres. Northgate Neighborhood Assn.

SCATS ~~ I'm glad you asked that question Jeremy! What's "broke" is YOU, the non-voter, who  failed to inform yourself about the voice you have in this aspect of local government. It's apparent from reading this detailed story that keeping the voters clueless and away does pay!
  

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I am not mistaken, Pittsford has a volunteer fire service. So, if you would like to wait 15 minutes for that fire truck pay less money. I prefer the service I pay for 2-3 minutes for a fire truck and EMT to show up to help my family.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do, and as a nonfireman the process is made as difficult as possible for me by firemen.

Back in ancient times Dutch wanted to blow money on the Paddie Hill Station, proving he was a wonderful Comissioner by building unnecessary structure. The fire Station had to be made wheelchair accessable. Evidently wheelchairs can't roll in and out of truck doors.

The idea went up for a vote, and went down in defeat. Dutch and the boys found another way to blow the tax dollars on the project.

A few years ago Dutch wanted a new firehouse at North Greece. The voting was very carefully run, with every fireman and his family and friends plugging damn near every available parking spot. Nonfiremen were chalenged on their right to vote, and many were turned away.

North Greece approved and built a Fire Mansion at North Greece.

Fire Department votes are as close to rigged as they can be! Nobody cares, after all it's for the Union Firemen who beat down walls to get the job.

Anonymous said...

Well at least they didn't burn down their own firehouse like their neighbors to the southwest.

Anonymous said...

I'm moving to Pittsford. Not only is it cheaper for fire service but based on the death notices in the D and C, harldly anyone ever dies there. Count me in!

SCATS said...

To 11:46AM ~~ I bet that if you live in Pittsford & your house explodes while you're doing laundry the investigators will determine the cause ASAP ... unlike in Greece where the investigation ended before it ever began.

Anonymous said...

Just for chuckles- any idea why the rates are so high in Greece? Is it just because they can charge it?

SCATS said...

To 8:22PM ~~ Again, I think it's because of the indepth investigations conducted, like the one to determine the cause of the explosion on Everclay Dr. Oh wait! They haven't a clue about that. Nevermind ...

Anonymous said...

I really hate to inject reality into SCATS scratching post, BUT, BarnYard, North Greece, and Lakeshore Fire Districts don't have a thing to do with fire investigations in Greece.

Fire investigations are conducted by Greece PD along with County Arson Investigators. They know all about fires because they went to the State Training Academy in Montour Falls. They still believe the T in the logo in the terazzo floor stands for training, and haven't got a clue the place is a former Priest training school or that the T is a Taoist cross. Don't worry though, I'm sure Todd will find a qualified arson investigator soon, real soon.

SCATS said...

To 12:50AM ~~ My comments are at least partially made with tongue in cheek. On the day of the explosion, some Greece fireman looked right into the TV camera lens and told us he didn't think the cause would ever be determined because the explosion and fire destroyed everything. Was he an expert? Or just psychic? Or did he know that in Greece, investigations never get to the bottom of the problems? (Like with Auberger in the GPD scandal?)