So now we finally have an answer to the question Village residents have been asking for years. “Exactly what does the Town of Sweden do for me?”
The answer is simple, they collect taxes from you for the new fire district, and those taxes are 2.9% higher than last year.
The Town of Sweden doesn’t plow the snow off the streets in the Village of Brockport. It doesn’t provide police protection and it doesn’t provide code enforcement.
The Town of Sweden does provide the local court for Village residents, but the Town of Sweden Court is a disgrace.
Last year one of the Sweden Town Judges had to resign after being intoxicated while presiding on the bench.
The Town Court is funded entirely by traffic tickets written by the Brockport Police Department. But, even though Village residents pay 100% of the cost of the Police Department, the Town of Sweden shares none of the revenue generated by those traffic tickets with the Village.
The Village is supposed to get the money generated by parking tickets written by the Brockport Police Department, but the Town Court can’t even get that done right.
In February 2012, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle published the complete police report about how the Sweden Town Clerk’s office had misplaced a box containing nearly 200 unpaid parking tickets issued by the Brockport Police Department. The box of confidential information was stored on the floor under the desk of the Deputy Town Clerk, Kathy Roberts.
It seems that the Sweden Town Court only wants to process tickets that generate revenue for the town.
Village residents pay taxes to fund the court, under the tax levy “SWEDEN TOWN TAXES,” but they don’t get much in return.
At least Brockport residents don’t have to worry about getting another tax bill for the fire district from the Village.
A quick call to the Village office confirmed that the tax levy for the fire district will only be on the Sweden Tax Bill. There will be not tax levy for the fire district on the Village Tax Bill.