June 9, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Maryville, NY – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 807 President Bonnie Peters will be back in attendance tonight – (Wednesday, June 7th) when Chautauqua County’s Legislators meet to conduct a Public Services Forum in Mayville – the second time in a week that she’ll continue to apply public heat on a county plan of action that encourages the merging and dissolution of its villages and towns.
Peters, who also serves as CSEA Region 6 Secretary and whose Southern Tier Local Union represents 1,600 County Members in 19 different units, spoke out at last week’s Legislative meeting where elected officials embraced a framework for a Government Reduction Initiative Plan. The Jamestown Post-Journal reported that 18 County Legislators voted in favor of the proposal that would allow the county to allocate a village or town’s sales tax money after a successful dissolution or merger. Only Democrat Bob Bankoski of Dunkirk voted against it.
As reported by The Post-Journal, for village dissolutions, the new entity – upon request – can receive funds based on the total sales tax payment received in the year preceding the dissolution. As for town consolidation, the newly-formed town can obtain funding equal to the sum of sales tax payments made to each municipality in the year preceding the consolidation. Allocation of funding for either scenario wouldn’t exceed what Peters described as a $50,000 “incentive.”
Speaking to WNYLaborToday.com, Peters (pictured below) said she was confronted after last week’s meeting by one Legislator – whom she declined to identify – who personally blamed Peters “for costing Chautauqua County a ($20 million) grant by speaking out” against the Government Reduction Initiative Plan. “It’s ‘amazing that I have so much power,’” Peters sarcastically said, adding: “This is just ‘insane.’ Does our State have ($20 million) to ‘give our county because I have a ‘better way to save the county that kind of money? It’s ‘crazy.’”