Sunday, December 21, 2014

Greece: No More "Free" Sewer


TWCNews reports: "Some Greece residents found an unexpected expense on their annual tax bill as a sewer tax is now in effect. 

About 30 homeowners on North Greece Road must pay $300 a year for a sewer line that was installed 20 years ago. The tax charge is set to continue annually for another 20 years.


"When we were going through this year's charges you look at last year's, and look for the changes. We say why didn't they pay something last year? We got a bond here for North Greece Road then we looked into past years and found that they haven't been charged," said Greece Finance Director Paul Hoolihan. "The district got formed, the work got done but the residents in that area that benefitted from the sewer hadn't been charged. We checked with our accountants, with our bonding attorneys and in this kind of situation, the people that benefit from the work are the ones that have to pay for it."
Homeowners along the sewer line signed a petition for the sewer in 1995.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

PAY UP OR PLUG THE SEWERS. What a shittie situation that would be!

Anonymous said...

MORE SH!T FROM SUPERBILL.

Happy New Year from the Town of Greece!

I told ya the Hairburger was going to look good compared to Bill.

SCATS said...

A seasoned real estate person asked: "Is that even legal? Many of the people who signed that petition have since moved or are decreased. Is it fair to bill a homeowner who purchased a home without a disclosure that they would inherit a sewer tax?"

I think it's a VERY good question!!

Anonymous said...

Do the rest of the Town of Greece residents who paid the freight all these years get a refund check?

SCATS said...

To 5:24PM ~~ Hell no! Instead, he raised our assessments!

Anonymous said...

Yes Hairburger is looking good. Oh wait it was his administration that screwed up! Oh darn.

SCATS said...

To 8:17PM ~~ From where I sit, they both stink.

Anonymous said...

So, lets see;
You bought a house and failed to do due diligence. So did your lawyer, the bank's lawyer and 1 or 2 real estate agents.

Now, because everybody screwed up and some Town employee found the mistake you gotta pay your sewer tax and sewer district assessment.

It's just not FAIR.

Guess what sucka; Life ain't fair, if it was bras wouldn't come in different sizes. You know what else, being stupid is generally expensive, and often painful.

You weren't crying when you had a free ride.
I hope the Town hits you with all back costs and raises the assessment on your Sewer equipped house which is worth more than a house with a septic.

The Greece Free School District went away too thanks to Don Riley, and I pay street light charges even though the nearest street light is half a mile down the road.

That's how the system works!
Supervisor Bill is making it work properly too. He charges when charges are required.

Benny Campanelli said...

RnyWA Alert: Here's a D&C article re the Sanctuary situation covering a Town of Greece church's reaction - this story hits a chord among decent people - "a flashback to Apartheid South Africa" - this is what's referred to as bad publicity:

"To Debs Duguid-May, the scene Sunday evening beneath the Douglass-Anthony Bridge at South Avenue was "a flashback to Apartheid South Africa." A priest at Trinity Church in Greece and a native of South Africa who has lived in the U.S. for five years, she was among a half-dozen local clergy who came to see what they could do for the people who remained on the site after a city-ordered cleanup had removed many of the tents and personal items — as well as a Christmas tree — belonging to an estimated 30 to 35 people, many of them homeless, who had been living in the tent city.

"This is just not OK," Duguid-May said, noting that people at her church on Sunday morning, many of whom learned of the city's actions through photos posted on social media "were just horrified."

"We're the problem, the homeless aren't the problem," she said. "We're not taking care of our community. You don't bulldoze a human community." "


http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/12/21/homeless-clinging-encampment/20745835/

SCATS said...

To 2:30AM ~~ If Relic is just "making it work" then I would like to see a COMPLETE LIST OF THE NAMES OF ALL WHO AVOIDED SEWER TAX OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS!! A second list should be of who, if any, remains at those addresses of the original homeowners to benefit from new sewers. If any of the second group includes politicians, their families or their known cronies, then they need to be outed for saying/doing nothing.

Anonymous said...

It would appear that this over sight effects two groups of present home owners in that sewer district. Those who originally petitioned the town for the sewers and still live in their homes and those who bought homes from those who also petitioned .
The point being is that those in the former group who knew they were getting away with out paying taxes as opposed to those in the latter group who got blind sided and had no knowledge of the history associated with their sewers, They are the victims of this mistake by the town as well as their closing attorneys and realtors who should have discovered the problem and made the new owners aware of the existence of the
district and the fact that a sewer tax was missing from their town tax bills.
In either case, it's a damn site better than a hole in the ground in their back yards as was the case 20 yrs ago.
All sewer districts are taxed for sewers and unavoidable necessary maintenance by the town sewer department.

Anonymous said...

2:30 You are incorrect regarding the demise of the Free School District. Actually it former Supervisor Senator Fred Eckert who sold us a bill of goods by promising lower School taxes by merging of the two districts. We all know now what a lie that was as it in fact resulted in a huge increase in taxes instead.

Anonymous said...

Fact is if those people who got the sewer bill don't pay then WE all are paying for there sewers. That's not fair. Don't shoot the messenger. Reilich's administration found the errors and is acting on it. What other option did he have.

SCATS said...

To 7:13PM ~~ If you want actual "facts" this whole thing predates Auggie's time, too! Isn't this Boiley's mess? As I recall, he and his cronies hurriedly left office after some legal mess involving the sewers & a lawsuit with Rick Golleil (sp?).

SCATS said...

Looks like I struck another nerve ... nothing but crickets yet again ... ;)

Anonymous said...

Boiley's assistant Stupidvisor left in handcuffs as I recall.

Little Roger used to sit atop Paddie Hill every New Years Day and survey his empire.
His prior career as a 5th grade teacher positioned him perfectly to overlook a lot of problems.

Anonymous said...

Boiley is the one that gave 20 acres to the school district at the new town hall! How stupid.

SCATS said...

To 5:13PM ~~ And then he got to run the BOE!!

Anonymous said...

Since SuperBill found that State Law that says the Town can't give things away, which resulted in the Hysterical Society and AARP Tax Preparers getting the boot from Town Hall, might just be he can get the 20 acres back from GCSD.

They sure as hell ain't using it, and SuperBill can build a big tin structure out there in the back field.

SCATS said...

To 12:38AM ~~ I don't understand. Exactly WHAT was "given away" by allowing a non-profit like AARP provide FREE tax services to folks? The Town "gave away" nothing!

Anonymous said...

SCATS: Room rental fee for multiple days and a dedicated phone line. That is considered a donation to a not for profit when they don't pay. State law dictates a town can not gift or grant money to a not for profit.

SCATS said...

To 5:41PM ~~ Sorry but I'm not buying that reasoning. Moving the outfit to the library is STILL gifting them via the Town ;)