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2007-08-15 / Bee Heard

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.The way that Amherst Supervisor Satish Mohan has handled the reassessment of property process is an absolute disgrace. Mohan's perception that the assessment process is unpopular is probably based in some measure of truth; however, taxes generally are unpopular, and the way to deal with these types of situations is not to simply abolish the processes but try to instead reduce spending so taxes can be reduced. Mohan has eliminated the reassessment process, thereby creating an unfair burden on our senior citizens who had been enjoying the Enhanced S.T.A.R. program. It is an absolute disaster, and there is every indication that the reassessment program will not be up and running again for the second year in a row, both of which are years of Mohan's tenure.

.To the parents of the village boys skate-boarders, I don't even know you, but I do know that you are totally irresponsible. Why else would you let these children leave the house, skateboards under arm, without protective helmets and pads? And where were you this past Friday when they carried on until midnight in the private, commercial parking lots bordering Rock and East Spring Streets, bumping into parked cars and setting off car alarms? Did you know that last fall they stole a bench from the Carriage House Apartment building to use as a ramp? I'll be interested to know what happens in a year or two when these boys get into real trouble.

.The town supervisor should resign at the next board meeting. All his promises have failed. Now, with the assessments, he failed also with the letter he failed to sign. I think the town board should also resign, because these so-called leaders are costing Amherst residents grief and taxation.

.Now that we all have our sturdy, large garbage totes, I, for one, say our streets look neater on pickup day; however, a problem persists. For years, some careless citizens persist on violating the rules. A finely-prepared and all-inclusive pamphlet of rules accompanied each tote. It states, tote to curb after 6 p.m. day before; return to house before 7 p.m. on pickup day. The significant number of violators contributes to a growing slum appearance in my community. Sadly, our town refuse department charged with enforcing trash rules refuses to do so. Are they negligent, or possibly overworked?

.I'm pleased the 100 percent assessment program will not proceed for another year. Taxpayers could benefit from this by forcing the board to reduce the cost of operating town government, set rules to increase worker productivity

and not permit any spending increases to be camouflaged and deflected by increased assessed valuations.

.To the woman with the big dog at the Lou Gehrig Baseball field on a recent Saturday, besides the fact that there are signs prohibiting dogs, you didn't even clean up after the dog and left it in very close proximity to people and kids playing and walking and right across from one of the diamonds being used. How thoughtless, but more important, a poor example for the children there.

.Bill Kindel, congratulations on a great job for the proposal to create a $12 million fund to buy undeveloped land to keep it as permanent greenspace. Amherst is getting way too developed, and it's about time someone did something about all our disappearing greenspace. I was disappointed that Supervisor Mohan and Council Member Schratz voted against this. Don't they support greenspace? Thank you, Council Member Kindel; I will certainly be supporting it.

.For years, town board members have been making decisions that are for their own political interests. They cater to special interest groups, town employees and developers so they get the votes and money to keep them in office. Any attempt to do what's beneficial to resident taxpayers is only secondary. It's time to wipe the slate clean on the town board and elect people whose interests lie with taxpayers and do only what is necessary to run an efficient town gover nment.

.I can't believe what a bunch of whiners we have living in Amherst. Because of the rat problem, Amherst mandated the use of garbage totes. People complained about the totes: too big, too heavy, too ugly. Now someone is complaining because Waste Management leaves the lid open and doesn't return the tote to the exact same spot. What a tough life. Lighten up, Amherst.

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