According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a “boondoggle” is a wasteful project or activity. The proposal to renovate the Town of Corning’s Town Hall fully meets that definition. Nevertheless, board members Mullen and Sammis want the good citizens of the Town to spend between ONE MILLION, FIVE and ONE MILLION, EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS to refurbish the Town Hall.
The Town’s entire 2020 budget is $2.5 million. Sammis and Mullen want us to spend over half that sum on a project that may be unnecessary. The Town has
equipment to buy, salaries to pay and roads to maintain. The effective property tax rate for the Town is $4.14 per thousand dollars. This proposal would drive our taxes up by 50% to $6.21 per thousand. This project will not boost the Town economy. It will not encourage people to move here or build a business here. And after spending $1.5 to 1.8 million, what will we have to show for it?
I will oppose this as long as I serve on the Town Board. But I can’t do this alone. Consider that the Town Hall rebuild already has at least two “yes” votes out of the five needed to pass it. We’re already two-fifths of the way to a massive tax hike or crushing debt.
All Town Board members need to hear from you. You can email Town Board members at townofcorningny.org. Go to the Government drop-down box and click on Town Board. There you will find our email addresses. Please come to the next Town Board meeting. They are held the third Tuesday of every month. Let ‘em know how you feel, and let’s kill this project before it kills the town budget and hikes our taxes.
Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.
Town of Corning Town Council