The dirty little secret is revealed today about who pays for the Consent Order -- though it was couched in vague terms.
On July 12: "Picente said the burden will likely land on the taxpayers of the part county sewer district, which includes New Hartford, Paris and Whitestown." ...
"This is a problem everybody knew about and nobody wanted to deal with it," Picente said. "The towns and villages knew about this — it's a violation issue and we're responding to that."
On May 24: "Within the next week, Picente said he also is planning to meet with representatives from the towns and areas affected, which include areas in the villages of New York Mills, Yorkville, Whitesboro, New Hartford and Oriskany and in the towns of New Hartford and Whitestown."
Today we discover:
"Ratepayers in the sewer district, not all county residents, will have to pick up the tab if state or federal grants can't be found to defray the costs of what could become a $66 million project."
No, the cost will not fall on taxpayers of New Hartford and Whitestown, who have benefited from increases in their tax base by their new development.
The cost falls on "Ratepayers in the sewer district"
And the sewer district includes Utica.
"In the end, the executive of a county where population has dropped and business has been stagnant could ill afford to appear to be indifferent to the needs of developers who plan to add jobs and bolster New Hartford's and Whitestown's property tax base."
Mr. Picente does developers' bidding. He does New Hartford's bidding. He does Whitetown's bidding.
But he sends the Bill to the People of Utica.
And the Utica legislators were either too stupid or too politically connected to see that their constituents were going to get screwed.
Nothing short of complete merger of all the jurisdictions of Greater Utica can make this fair.