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Our taxes are about to go up again but you can stop this madness.

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Dix Hills Resident

Paterson, NJ

#1 Feb 26, 2011
An open letter to the residents of Dix Hills.
On Tuesday March 8th between 6 – 9pm we as a collective group have the opportunity to vote NO, not just yet, against the Dix Hills Fire Department proposal to build a new $20 million + complex in place of the existing headquarters on East Deer Park Ave just north of the Northern State Parkway. With article after article of unions being forced to give back, teachers and budgets being cut and residents of our community stressed under the current economic conditions, our Dix Hills Fire Department is giving us a single take it or leave it proposal to float a $20 million plus 8-13 million in interest, 20 year construction bond to fund this ambitious project.
The Fire Department has stated that the existing building can no longer adequately serve the community and to repair the building would not be cost effective.
Commissioner Tepe bluntly said he fulfilled his legal obligations to notify the public of this 3 hour window to vote by posting a legal notice in the newspaper, a sign in front of the headquarters and a statement on their web page. I am not sure how many of my fellow residents follow any of these attempted efforts of notification, but if it was not for Newsday initially writing an article about this, most of us would only have found out after your already bloated tax bills have increased even further. Many residents are forced to do with less during these times of an economic contraction, yet our Fire Department wants to build a three story 42 foot high new Fire House, separate maintenance facility and training facility and tower. The stand alone maintenance facility will have its own kitchen, while the main building a ball room with commercial kitchen is designed to entertain 350 people. Mr. Tepe stated your tax bills would not rise more then you pay a year for Newsday or one month for Cable. I am sorry Mr. Tepe, I have a hard time believing this especially from the person who tried so hard to suppress the actual news of this colossal project. I looked at the line item on my tax bill for the Fire Department and I already pay just shy of $1,200 annually. Mr. Tepe has no right to marginalize my concerns to pay more or how I should spend my money.
When I attended the public meeting on this project I questioned why the lead architect of the new complex was allowed to give a general quote to repair the existing facility. Why would we not get a feasibility study by two or three independent engineers to give us a bullet point assessment and cost analysis of what is needed and what is on the wish list? This would then allow us to have three options to vote on. Does anyone else see a conflict of interest in having the person who has the most to gain in building the new complex quoting the costs of repairing the existing structure? How come the public was not presented with a line item cost analysis to repair the existing facility?
If given the opportunity to review item by item their concerns with the existing structure I am confident we can come to a compromise and find a solution which would allow the Fire Department to continue their outstanding service to our community without sacrificing the safety of their members and the community for substantially less.
The residents of Dix Hills need to be better informed of the implications of this massive capital expense, how it will impact their taxes, what other options are available. Many residents already put forth suggestions to alleviate some of the concerns and were turned away. We need as a collective group to vote no on Tuesday March 8th to this proposal, come back to the table and examine the need list and wish list, then formulate a reasonable plan that will be cost conscious while not sacrificing the safety of our dedicated and admired volunteers and residents of our community.
It is imperative that we come out to vote and be able to send the message,“enough is enough”, there are no more blank checks,
Dix Hills Resident
Dix Hills Volunteer

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Feb 28, 2011
Maybe it's time I stop volunteering after 35 years and have paid people respond to alarms. Just think how much that will effect your taxes. This project agreed is alot of money but it is needed and this is a good time to do it. You mean to tell me you can't afford $180 more a year? Maybe you need to cut out a pizza or two.

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Mar 3, 2011
Thanks for your 35 years of service. I will not pay 1 penny more for the new dix hills fish club complete with a gym two kitchens a bunch of dons called commissioners.Nice try Tepe

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