The proposed Southside municipal water system is an example of smart long-term planning. This new project will accelerate the strong and exciting momentum we have. The town was right to decline the city’s offer because its proposal would have cost town taxpayers more money at the start up stage and for usage fees.
What is your position on a merger or shared services with the city of Oneonta?
Collaboration and shared services is an effective strategy in reducing the burden on our taxpayers and getting a bigger bang for our buck. The town should continue to explore areas where it can collaborate with the city, especially in regional economic development and the marketing of Oneonta. When we attract new residents, businesses, students and tourists, the town and city benefit. The town has examined the issue of merger, and I agree with the committee’s findings as well as the opinion of the majority of town residents that merging with the city would not benefit us economically and would likely increase our taxes.