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TOM and VOL to Share Costs of New Town Clerk/Assessor Intern

World Series Game 6 brought brevity to the November 4 meeting of the Mamaroneck Town Board meeting. After a brief review and approval of fire claims and four certiorari settlements, the board spoke briefly about a few other matters, including a new assistant for the assessor’s office and the need for citizen input on the 2010 budget.

Mamaroneck Hires Clerk to Maintain Larchmont Assessment Roll

At its October 20 meeting, the board approved the one-year appointment of an administrative intern, Raquel Arsi, for a shared position – two days per week  assisting with the Town of Mamaroneck’s record management program, three days wearing an assessor’s  hat. In her assessor role, her salary will be paid by the Village of Larchmont for  handling the Village assessment roll, currently a responsibility of the Town of Mamaroneck assessor.

The  handling of the Village “roll”  has been a topic of discussion between the two governing bodies for the past two to three years. (See: Town & Village Make Progress On Taxes, Tunnel & Parking.) The Mamaroneck Town Board has suggested that there is no need for Larchmont to continue to have its own roll. To save time and money, Larchmont could adopt the one for the Town, since the assessment data is almost identical on the two rolls for properties in Larchmont Village.

Alternatively, as stated by Town Administrator Steve Altieri  at the October meeting, Mamaroneck Town would prefer that the Village handle its own assessment rolls.

Prior to the appointment of Ms. Arsi, the Town advised Larchmont Mayor Liz Feld that it would be hiring someone for this job, the cost of which would be borne by the Village. Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe met with the mayor in the past few weeks to tell her of this appointment.

On October 24, Mayor Feld was notifed that the Town had begun the preparation of the Village roll. The mayor was advised the Village was to pay $25,000 for the part-time services of Ms. Arsi. This payment may be made monthly, beginning this month. Since the Village’s budget year differs from that of the Town, the amount can be apportioned over two fiscal years.

Mayor Liz Feld expressed her disapproval of the new hire in an email responding to the Gazette’s request for comment: “The Town Board’s decision to hire more personnel in the Assessor’s Office defies the imperative — confirmed Tuesday in election results across the region — that governments need to be doing ‘more with less.’ “

The mayor said the Town had rejected suggestions to review the assessor’s office to look for efficiencies. She also noted that Larchmont residents already pay for the assessor through their Town taxes. The “sudden decision to assess the residents of VOL an additional $25,000 fee …  seems to fly in the face of the spirit of cooperation underlying the Shared Services Study Group,” she added.

Larchmont is participating with Mamaroneck Town and Mamaroneck Village in a joint task force to consider ways to reduce costs and improve services by sharing or consolidating functions. (See: VOL Taps New & Former Trustee for Consolidation Group.) The report is due by the end of the year.

Mayor Feld said Larchmont will consider its options on the assessor once the report is out. “In the meantime, we will pay the TOM to provide ongoing service to our residents.”

Call, Write, Let the TOM Know Your Views

Councilmembers Phyllis Wittner and Ernie Odierna seemed to be ignoring the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for” when they requested input from residents on the proposed budget (and any other issue relevance to the governance of the Town).

So far, there has been very little participation from residents at public hearings and work sessions on the budget.

Residents wishing to offer comment should contact the Town or individual council members. Details of budget sessions, which are open to the public,  are listed on the Town website.

Game!

Adjournment of the meeting came in plenty of time to see most of the game.

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20 comments to TOM Requires VOL to Pay for New Assessor Intern

  • Jay

    So does this mean the assessor’s salary will be cut by $25,000? I don’t think so. Where’s the accountability!?

    Enough is enough! This is why are taxes are what they are…

  • Eleanor

    Perhaps, Mayor Feld should be taking her own advice considering she just promoted her Fire Fighters.

    “Mayor Liz Feld expressed her disapproval of the new hire in an email responding to the Gazette’s request for comment: “The Town Board’s decision to hire more personnel in the Assessor’s Office defies the imperative — confirmed Tuesday in election results across the region — that governments need to be doing ‘more with less.’ “

  • budgetarious

    I thought I would chip in with the latest from the NYS Comptroller. “The Office of the State Comptroller Projects that cumulative General Fund gaps will total $27.5 billion through SFY 2011-12, approximately $3.6 billion higher than DOB estimates.” http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/nov09/110909b.htm

    I wanted to post on the Leadership in difficult times article so that our fearless leader and senator could counter, but the comments are closed.

    I look forward to the 2010 budget process and the wailings of village, town and district officials. Children first !

  • Anon E Mous

    As we are likely to confront significant economic issues for an extended period of time, business as usual cannot be acceptable. Our municipals officials must determine how to do more with less.

    As Sam Ewing said, [i]The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect[/i].

  • Pseud Onym

    Business as usual is clearly unacceptable. What can we do to convince them to pull in their spending
    Anon E Mous? Liz Feld ran unopposed. How do we make them accountable?

    • Dancerina

      You can do what my husband does to us when we overspend: snip up the credit cards, cut off the phone minutes and cancel the manicures, pedicures, fancy dinners and vacations. Oh, and he also puts us on a budget with an allowance. A novel idea!

      sigh..it makes me feel like I found the fountain of youth :-(

  • 10538er

    Have AEM run, he has an answer for everything.

    • Anon E Mous

      Answers are not to have and be held, but to be found and shared :-)

      Abraham Lincoln spoke of ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’ and as such we must expect all to share in solutions and expect those serving in government to serve us all by representing the people’s answers and implementing answers well.

      - A.E.M.

  • Anon E Mous

    We tell them, till their ears open, their mouths shut, and our checkbooks stop leaking! And Pseud Onym, thanks for the question.

    Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, and with apologies for the gender-related pronoun, but that’s how it is in the original.

    We tell them in the Larchmont Gazette, vote when we have the opportunity and hold them to their words http://www.larchmontgazette.com/news/election-shake-up-felt-by-those-running-unopposed/
    Larchmont Mayor Liz Feld, a Republican, is not up for election until March, but she was actively supporting Mr. Astorino for county executive as a member and spokesperson for New Yorkers for Growth, which advocates for lowering taxes. ‘The ground shifted in New York State last night,’ said Mayor Feld, in a release the day after the election. ‘Democrats, Republicans, and independents in the highest taxed county in America came together to say ‘enough is enough.’

    We tell them here http://tellernie.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanks-to-everyone-that-came-out-to.htmlAt our Town Board meeting this evening, while I was bemoaning the fact that we should be giving out more information to our residents regarding Agenda Items in general and our Budget Hearings in particular, one of my fellow Council people, Phyllis Wittner, suggested that hardly anyone cared. She sited the lack of any e-mails, letters or phone calls to her and no one in our live audience clamoring for these details that it was a non-issue. If any of my blog readers feel differently, I suggest you send Phyllis an e-mail letting her know your sentiments. She gave out her e-mail address at the meeting and invited comments. You can reach her at pwittner@townofmamaroneck.org . We tell them as suggested, vote when we have the opportunity and hold them to their words.

    We demand that our municipal governments put the people first, and the kids first, remembering the words of Richard Lamm, Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.

  • Anon E Mous

    We tell them, till their ears open, their mouths shut, and our checkbooks stop leaking! And Pseud Onym, thanks for the question.

    Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, and with apologies for the gender-related pronoun, but that’s how it is in the original.

    We tell them in the Larchmont Gazette, vote when we have the opportunity and hold them to their words – http://www.larchmontgazette.com/news/election-shake-up-felt-by-those-running-unopposed/
    Larchmont Mayor Liz Feld, a Republican, is not up for election until March, but she was actively supporting Mr. Astorino for county executive as a member and spokesperson for New Yorkers for Growth, which advocates for lowering taxes. ‘The ground shifted in New York State last night,’ said Mayor Feld, in a release the day after the election. ‘Democrats, Republicans, and independents in the highest taxed county in America came together to say ‘enough is enough.’

    We tell them here http://tellernie.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanks-to-everyone-that-came-out-to.html, vote when we have the opportunity and hold them to their words – At our Town Board meeting this evening, while I was bemoaning the fact that we should be giving out more information to our residents regarding Agenda Items in general and our Budget Hearings in particular, one of my fellow Council people, Phyllis Wittner, suggested that hardly anyone cared. She sited the lack of any e-mails, letters or phone calls to her and no one in our live audience clamoring for these details that it was a non-issue. If any of my blog readers feel differently, I suggest you send Phyllis an e-mail letting her know your sentiments. She gave out her e-mail address at the meeting and invited comments. You can reach her at pwittner@townofmamaroneck.org

    We demand that our municipal governments put the people first, and the kids first, remembering the words of Richard Lamm, Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.

  • Dancerina

    AEM For MAYOR!!!! Yipeee….a virtual Mayor of Larchmont :-)

    Is that like the Emporer’s new clothes? They are really there…really….but we just can’t see them or him in this case!!

    Seriously, if you want some press, than create a novel situation. A Virtual Mayor w/ the acronym for Anonymous would certainly put Larchmont back on the network news shows…if not the Comedy channel, again ;-0

    • Pseud Onym

      ANON E MOUS is hereby nominated for VIRTUAL MAYOR OF LARCHMONT:-) I second the nomination!! We need some intelligent people running for office. I suspect that the local politicians are reading our blogs and must be getting a bit nervous.

      We can have a Larchmont Gazette Column where our Virtual Mayor of Larchmont will publish his/her decrees, hereby known as local laws.

      I think that all of us should be using our “Freedom of Information” requests to find out more about what we are spending and where our tax dollars are actually ending up. Perhaps, the LarchmontGazette can have a link connected to the elected politicians where concerned citizens can voice their opinions and expect a response back.

      Perhaps, Archie Comics can follow our “Virtual Larchmont Mayor” around and can publish a graphic novel?:-)

  • budgetarious

    Our leaders in difficult time may want to look across the border of their microcosms to Rye. According to the JN, Rye city manager proposes 1.5% tax rate increase, smaller staff. http://www.lohud.com/article/20091112/NEWS02/911120335/Rye-city-manager-proposes-1.5–tax-rate-increase–smaller-staff

    Staff down 10%.

    Yes they can.

  • Pseud Onym

    Gazette Groupies..Here are some emails that we can send our comments or complaints to. I suggest we start communicating with our representatives to share our thoughts and ideas.

    Superintendent of Mamaroneck Free School District email
    Paul Fried
    PFried@mamschools.org

    Village of Larchmont contact link:
    http://www.villageoflarchmont.org/community/contact.asp\

    Town of Mamaroneck contact email links:

    Supervisor/Town Board
    townsupervisor@townofmamaroneck.org

    Comptroller
    towncomptroller@townofmamaroneck.org

    Village of Mammaroneck comment email
    http://www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us/Pages/MamaroneckNY_WebDocs/contact

    ;-)

  • Clearly, tough fiscal times lay ahead. All wage costs should be cut by 3% next year, and if this can not be accomplished, then real changes are hard to imagine in getting accomplished. Cut costs in a progressive manner. All public sector salaries less then $ $50,000 should continue to receive a 3% salary increase. Salaries from $ 50,000 to $ $100,000 should receive a 3% cut, and salaries above $100,000 should receive a 6% cut back. While no one likes suggesting this type of wage concession, it would save money so that real estate taxes are brought under control.

  • budgetarious

    I believe the correct email for the MUFSD is @mamkschools.org. Do not omit to send to board@mamkschools.org too.

    • Eleanor

      Budgetarious-I am going to invite everyone to participate and join in our blogs. I think that Anon E Mous has a great idea in having a writing campaign. Social Networking is a great opportunity for government leaders to communicate with the residents and their constitutes. I hope you and other bloggers join in.

  • Pseud Onym

    Gazette Groupies..Update..Here are some emails that we can send our comments or complaints to. I suggest we start communicating with our representatives to share our thoughts and ideas. Thanks Budgetarious for you additional emails. If anyone else has information to add, please send me the info.

    Superintendent of Mamaroneck Free School District email
    Paul Fried – Direct email
    PFried@mamkschools.org

    General email for Board of Education
    MUFSD@mamkschools.org

    Mammaroneck Free School District Board
    Board@mamkschools.org

    Village of Larchmont contact link:
    http://www.villageoflarchmont.org/community/contact.asp\

    Town of Mamaroneck contact email links:

    Supervisor/Town Board
    townsupervisor@townofmamaroneck.org

    Comptroller
    towncomptroller@townofmamaroneck.org

    Village of Mammaroneck comment email
    http://www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us/Pages/MamaroneckNY_WebDocs/contact

    Village of Larchmont contact link:
    http://www.villageoflarchmont.org/community/contact.asp\

  • Anon E Mous

    Oh my, those they’re not all people’s legal names :-) , but, thank you Pseud Onym for compiling and sharing the list and let’s all write to them anyway. Perhaps send them the link to the people’s comments here in the Larchmont Gazette http://http://www.larchmontgazette.com/news/tom-requires-vol-to-pay-for-new-assessor-intern/comment-page-1/#comment-1022/.

    Whoever gets our emails may say some comments are just from screen names. But, our government officials may remember that they were elected by those voting in secret, many of them ran unopposed facing only the competition of a blank space on the ballot, and their promise and purpose to serve not just those they know but all the people whether they know them or not.

    As Peter Ustinov said, ‘It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously’.

    - A.E.M.

  • Pseud Onym

    I am in!! I shall send each “link” a personal comment and invite them to view our blogs. They must realize that we are a force that they will have to deal with. I will identify my “residential name” but not share my “screen name.” ;-) Thanks “Virtual Mayor Anon E Mous”