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New Paltz Times | Opinion
The letters to the editor from the Feb. 20, 2020 issue of New Paltz Times.
The overall increase in real estate sales lifted some Ulster County property prices more the others, and in some localities more than others. In Kingston, the median sold price of residential properties in 2019 was $191,750, up almost 20 percent over the previous year’s median price. In Woodstock, the median sold price was $420,000 in 2019, a hefty sum by most Ulster County standards but a gain of only four percent over the previous year.
Sales tax makes up the largest share of county revenue, but it can vary from year to year, making accurate forecasting important.
How green is my Hudson Valley? Getting greener all the time, but pesky problems, most of which are universal to human societies, remain unresolved. For instance, how does a sustainable economy deal with the piles of waste it keeps accumulating? How can it learn to convert waste into waste products with a value above zero?
Rents are increasing across Ulster County. What, if anything, should be done?
New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers writes that the New Paltz school board should be mindful of the effect the school budget has on the cost of living when seeking a new superintendent. “Candidates need to discuss how they plan to balance high-quality school district programming while being as prudent as possible with our district that is largely funded by property taxes.”
How can cities ensure rising housing costs don’t displace residents? A new study aims to find an answer.
The best business deals are those that start out with two parties each needing what the other can offer. Jim Hyland, whose firm The Farm Bridge presently employs about 50 people in the TechCity facility in the Town of Ulster, intends to move soon. He needs about 40,000 square feet of space for his food processing business. Jim Hull, owner of 36 malls in the nation, has that much space — and more — available at the Hudson Valley Mall three minutes away across Route 9W. Will the two get together? They’re working on it.
Generation gaps have always been important. I remember when I was in my 20s, there was a saying around that you shouldn’t trust anyone over 30. Of course, when we all got into our 30s we realized we shouldn’t trust anyone under 30.