Rome, NY Sucks

But At Least We're Not Utica

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Plan 9 from CNY

Fault Lines and NYCO have recently discussed the situation that upstate finds itself in. The blogs are a concentration of the discussion going on among residents of the region. The OD brought it to a point last month with their Next Step series.

I don't really have a dog in this fight, I just live here. I hear a lot about the advantages to living in CNY. Of course, most of them boil down to the change of seasons. I'm not sure people from Florida and California want to come here for below zero weeks and fatal road conditions.

I was talking to someone the other day about the political situation here. We all know that taxes are too high (and even if you believe in taxes, Oneida County's 10% sales tax is indefensible) but no one in government does anything about it. Downstate controls tax policy at the state level, and NY is the only state to make counties pay for Medicaid. The "Republicans" around here are no better. James Brown lowers taxes on new homebuilders like himself. Maybe he should give himself a pay raise too. Joe Griffo was known for holding the line on Rome's property taxes but raised the tax rate 18% when he became County Executive.

One of the few places that keeps taxes (for school and town) low is New Hartford. This is why business is booming there. Unfortunately, the trend in the county is to crate project after project to build this eyesore or renovate that eyesore in an attempt to create a Mecca of urban planning. Then Rome complains Utica gets everything or Utica complains that Rome gets too much. We all hope for state grants that end up coming out of our own pockets.

Lets all stop looking ten or twenty years into the future towards the next great New York revival. Let's stop voting for politicians that want to make us great again and come up short on the details. I'd like to see a politician say that they want to make this place friendly for business. Lower the taxes for everyone instead of throwing money at a megastore or a stadium or a solar powered shopping mall. Maybe we should try looking one year into the future at a time.

As Criswell said in Plan 9 from Outer Space, "We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives." Let's not spend all of our time there yet.


  • At January 29, 2006 8:03 AM, Blogger Roman Hokie said…

    Sounds like I'm not the only one sick and tired of hearing about Destiny USA. That and the "Nation This, Nation That" debate.

    Check out a post on my blog - it's another one just for you! (nowhere near the same as the last one) I posted it earlier last week.

  • At January 31, 2006 3:54 PM, Blogger York Staters said…

    Making upstate friendly for business is all I seem to hear from politicians.

    How exactly they're going to do that is another matter entirely.

  • At January 31, 2006 6:47 PM, Blogger RomeHater said…

    The only thing they could do is cut taxes. If they get enough businesses, they may not even have to cut the budget. Natural gas prices are huge, gas taxes are punitive and worker compemsation requirements are difficult.

    The state would do well to not give money away to individual companies and make it cheaper and more fair for others.

  • At February 01, 2006 8:02 AM, Blogger Roman Hokie said…

    My wife and I were talking about building new homes in the area. Why would someone? Doesn't seem like Fred Macchia's development off Elmer Hill would resell too easily at the price they'd expect.


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