Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To reaching out. We have always had a disdain for the act of vandalism in our own community and elsewhere. In neighboring Saratoga County, just days before a state rowing meet where more than 3,000 high school students will compete, someone decided it was necessary to slice a number of buoys that are key to the competition. We have no idea how representatives from our own Taylor Made Products heard about the vandalism, but they did and are helping by donating a buoy for each one that was destroyed. One of the coaches involved said, “He [a person from Taylor Made] just saw it and said, ‘I’m in a position to help.'” Thank you, Taylor Made, for reflecting the compassionate people in our region.

JEERS – To being the highest. According to a recent report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy, western New York property owners pay the state’s highest effective tax rate, which includes school district, municipal and county tax rates. That may not surprise you, but you may be surprised to hear the city paying the highest property tax rates found in any city in New York state – excluding New York City – is Gloversville. The effective rate is $52.40 per $1,000. For the median home in Gloversville valued at $70,600, the owner pays $3,699 in school, county and city taxes, the report says. All candidates for the upcoming local elections need to have a plan of action as a top priority. Forget all the polished words and politicking, leaders need to lower the tax burden in Gloversville before it’s too late.

CHEERS -?To 98. That’s the number of local high school students who took advantage of the Early Admissions Program at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. This opportunity gives high school students an option to study at the college on a part-time or full-time basis. A real vote of confidence should be given to them for making such an investment in their education and realizing the value it will hold for them. There are some superb students in our region.

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