An audit released earlier this month by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that Beech-Nut used 86 percent of the village’s water and wastewater treatment facilities, and provided 11 percent of its general fund tax revenues.
To offset Beech-Nut’s loss, auditors said each household could see an increase of $2,700 in taxes and water and sewer bills for years to come.
DiNapoli called that “unsustainable,” adding the village has sought help from larger levels of government with no success.
The amazing thing about this is that significant impacts on Village water and sewer rates were forecast at least two years ago when the move was still being discussed. Why was this not taken into account and dealt with when the State and Montgomery County officials were putting together their package of incentives for Beech-Nut to move to near Amsterdam?
Earlier, why was this situation even allowed to develop where an entire village became enslaved to providing water and sewer facilities to such a large user? Those services are under State supervision, where there are "experts" who should be looking at these issues. Using 86% of the water/sewer plant capacity, Beechnut should have been the owner of those facilities, not the taxpayers. Ownership would have been an incentive for them to stay put.
There are two lessons to be learned: (1) Government and businesses should not be partners. (2) Government ineptness creates most of our economic problems.
This is a massive failure of government ... a village government that should never have been expected to provide water and sewer services for such a large user, state government which mandates the water and sewer facilities that are needed, and state and county governments who are so focused on 'jobs' that they do not understand the larger impacts of what they are doing.