Headed to Washington in six weeks with a solid 10-point win, Congressman-elect John Faso says he hopes to forge bipartisan relationships, much like Chris Gibson, the Kinderhook neighbor he will succeed in about six weeks.
While Mayor Steve Noble said Monday the new plan for city parking, which will double meter rates and end free parking in municipal lots, will offer long-term discount rates for residents and commuters, he said determining the amount of the resident/commuter discount will have to wait until the city picks a vendor to install payment kiosks in the lots.
The New Paltz town budget is going to hit taxpayers with close to an eight percent increase, the result of
The $150-per-space fee would go to maintenance of public parking by the town, and would apply to businesses that can’t provide their own offstreet parking.
An additional 1.8 percent may be added to that increase if the absentee ballot count brings a reprieve for the Phoenicia Library, whose request for more funding was narrowly turned down on Election Day.
“Our current zoning is as laid out in the ’60’s for cities of that era,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “That’s not the kind of nimble zoning we need today.”
“We all share the blame, living in our bubbles while we shun, demoralize and demonize those who disagree with us. We’ve been viewing distorted versions of each other through computer screens while we calcify our own sense of self-righteousness. Half the country is not all racist neo-Nazi buffoons just as the other half is not all liberal elitist Christmas-haters. We have to find a way back to recognizing common humanity in those who disagree with us, and find a way for them to recognize ours.”
Mayor Steve Noble plans to meet with members of the Common Council next week to propose a new parking scheme that would double the cost of metered on-street spots and install payment kiosks in municipal lots that currently offer free parking.
Total appropriations for next year are set at $4.58 million, $2.85 million of which will be raised through local taxes.
The $11.26 million spending plan that would increase spending by 0.57 percent over the current budget and would increase residential property taxes by 0.93 percent.