“This is sprawl, that’s all this is,” said Frank Montecalvo of Comenale Crescent in New York Mills, some of which is in New Hartford. “We’re financing sprawl.” . . .
But that view is not shared by town Supervisor Patrick Tyksinski, who said many of the concerns expressed Monday were misplaced. . . .
“This is a project that’s not going to cost the taxpayers, and they’ll receive the benefit,” he said.U Betcha this is sprawl and the Town Supervisor is spouting nonsense. Taxpayers WILL pay because PILOTs and FILM are monies that belong to the taxpayers. As noted here last week . . .
Payments In Lieu of Taxes that go to pay for a road that is ONLY needed by the Business Park are payments that are NOT available to pay for the demand on police and fire protection that the project will generate. . . . Fees in Lieu of Mitigation collected from developers of other projects are Town funds intended to be used to mitigate the impacts of those other projects. Guess who winds up either paying to mitigate the impacts of the other projects or tolerating the environmental degradation of the other projects?The New Hartford Business Park started out in 1999 as an industrial park - a place for manufacturing. People regionally felt that it would be worth the investment because of the shortage of building sites that meet the specifications for modern manufacturing plants. Instead the people only got another office park -- something not in short supply -- which only entices economic activity to move from one part of this region of declining population to another.
When a declining population is encouraged through taxpayer subsidies and special benefits to spread itself over twice the geographic area, it makes the cost of supplying municipal services to that population skyrocket. That is why taxes must go up in both Utica and New Hartford.
Developers and Town officials have benefited from New Hartford's pro-sprawl policies. The taxpayers of New Hartford and of neighboring communities losing economic activity to New Hartford have lost. These policies hurt the average taxpayer. They must end.