On Wednesday, Dec. 12, residents of Sanitary District 2 will have an opportunity to vote on whether to keep their Local Sanitation District or dissolve it.
The main question taxpayers should ask themselves is, why is it necessary for one town to have many sanitation districts?
The main argument coming from proponents of Sanitary District 2 (a Special Taxing District) is to maintain employment.
So the question really is, should residents pay higher taxes to keep more people employed, or should government move to reallocate resources more efficiently to provide lower costs to ALL taxpayers?
The fact of the matter is Special Taxing Districts have shown, time and time again, to be a haven for waste and abuse. The 2005 Audits performed by then Comptroller Howard Weitzman, proved this (see : http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/Docs/PDF/Sanitary_District_No_2_Audit_Report_9-21-05.pdf)
In 2009, despite the scathing audit reports, residents of Sanitary District 7 learned that they were paying $200,000/year for a sanitation supervisor. (see: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/audit-oceanside-son-dad-earn-over-1m-from-taxpayers-1.1557497).
This article shows, "Taxpayers financed a million-dollar family."
The Town of Hempstead, whose Supervisor Kate Murray has recently come out AGAINST consolidation, APPROVES Special Taxing District budgets.
Despite this fact, Supervisor Murray has on many occasions claimed no control over these Special Taxing Districts.
Consolidation of Sanitary District 2 will do what Republicans and Conservatives have been saying for years needs to be done, and that is reduce the size of government.
Government has grown too big, and has become its own special interest. Special Taxing Districts have proven that they are unable to provide cost effective services, and therefore should be consolidated.
I therefore feel residents of Sanitary District 2 should vote YES on Wednesday Dec. 12 to dissolve the district, sending the message to government officials that residents want a common sense approach to garbage collection, one Town, one Garbage District.
If you don't know your polling place call the District at 516-223-3207.