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posticon Editorial - Who Should Pay Fire District taxes?

Opinions | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Every so often I find myself in a discussion about who should pay fire district taxes, and who should be exempt.  Property owners typically pay fire district taxes, but quite a lot of municipal and non-profit property is exempt.  'They use fire and emergency services, so they should pay,' the argument goes.  That's not wrong.  Just because the Town is exempt from paying the tax doesn't mean the fire trucks are going to be absent if the Town Hall catches fire.

On the other hand, if the Town pays the fire district tax, taxpayers are still paying it because Town taxes would have to be higher to pay fire district taxes.  It might be a wash -- property taxes would be lower than they are for the fire district and higher for the town.  Town, Village, School District, Library... the fire district needs a certain amount of money for operating funds, and ultimately it's property owners who pay it.

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posticon Letters - 'Fight the Bite!'

Opinions | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By New York State Senator Pamela Helming Print
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helmingThis slogan was on a handout on diseases carried by ticks and mosquitos from the Wayne County Public Health Department. It grabbed my attention while I was touring the Wayne County Fair back in August. It offered some helpful tips for avoiding these diseases and protecting yourself when you are outdoors – tips such as wearing long sleeves to reduce tick and mosquito bites, using tick and mosquito repellents containing DEET, treating your clothing with permethrin to repel ticks, wearing light-colored clothing to see ticks and remove them, and doing daily tick checks on yourself and your children.

These are all great things for individuals and families to do to prevent illnesses such as Lyme disease, but I couldn't help thinking that there is more that we as a society can and should do to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases – a problem that is spreading around the Finger Lakes region and throughout New York State. We need more funding for research on prevention and testing methods and better diagnosis and treatment standards.

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posticon Letters - Comprehensive Plan Hearing

Opinions | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By Dan Konowalow Print
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mailmanIn the September 8 issue of The Lansing Star, Joseph Wetmore presented incisive criticism of the so-called informational meeting held August 30 about the Town’s proposed Comprehensive Plan. That meeting WAS informative in the sense that we were told that anyone who wanted to read the proposed plan could find a copy at the Town Hall or the Lansing Library. There were also a few copies of the Comprehensive Plan document and Land Use Map available for meeting attendees. (I grabbed one of each.) But Wetmore is right, the CONTENTS of the plan was not discussed openly.

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posticon Letters - Lansing Market Saves More Than You Think

Opinions | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By Jim Evans Print
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mailmanRemember the famous study with the kids and the cookies? "You can have one cookie right now, but if you sit for 15 minutes while I go out, I'll give you two cookies."

Kids able to wait, seeing the value in delayed gratification, usually grew up to have higher SAT scores more education, and better health than the kids who chose less for now.

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posticon Letters - Endorsement of Koplinka-Loehr

Opinions | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By Tom Butler Print
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mailmanI am supporting Michael Koplinka-Loehr for Lansing's Tompkins County Legislator (District 6). With 12 years as a county legislator (District 11), a previous school board member, and former member of the Town of Lansing Economic Development Committee, Mike has a wealth of experience that will be put to good use for our town and its residents.

His community spirit is evident from his many years of community volunteerism, such as being a founding member of the Family Reading Partnership Board, or his 6-year stint as Chair of the Forest Home Traffic Calming Committee. Mike's 4 years as Chairman of the County Budget Committee, in which county taxes were lowered, speaks well to his sound fiscal management of tax dollars. Mike will bring more representation and involvement of Lansing to Tompkins County government. This will give Lansing a better voice and more leverage in county decisions and more benefits and services to Lansing residents.

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posticon Letters -Endorsement of Koplinka-Loehr

Opinions | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By Katrina Ouckama Print
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mailmanI had the privilege of working as an Ithaca City School District Central Office Administrator when Mike Koplinka-Loehr was a member of our school board. I found him to be fair-minded, compassionate, wise, and very approachable. He was always willing to find that fine line between what is fiscally responsible, and what is best for the students and employees. He is the kind of man (even in this age of political skepticism and polarities) I would deem to be trustworthy and honest , and the person that I would endorse as a member of our County Legislature. I hope that you will join me and my husband in supporting Mike in his effort to serve our community.

Sincerely,

Katrina Ouckama
Ithaca, NY
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