In trying to keep this blog current I find myself thinking of interesting topics and concerns without sounding negative on the current state of affairs within our City, County, and State. We do in fact have much to be thankful for, Ulster County (with the exception of the City of Kingston) was able to hold real estate values with a much smaller decrease when comparing to other Counties within New York State (the second home market helps). However the City of Kingston's home prices have fallen at a much sharper level than the rest of the county. Ouch.
Last week I attended a meeting held at City Hall which highlighted the assets of our community as being a Digital Corridor to attract "technopreneurs". Great idea and I will happily promote the concept to buyers who are looking to relocate to our area. Many kudos to my colleague KJ McEntyre who has put a lot of time and effort into this project and has been successful in getting press and radio attention. Check it out: http://www.kingstondigitalcorridor.org/
Having members of this communtity involved and motivated will bring in far more commerce and jobs than the economic development agencies we now have which our tax dollars are supporting.
My last thought for today is this....whatever side of the fence you are on, start to educate yourself on the issues and ask questions. Why are our taxes so high, can we do anything to curb the school taxes (we are not creating a wave of Einstein's here), what about budget accountability and planning? Any new ideas to attract both residents and tourists?
Ask your representitives what they are doing to help us move forward, if they don't have a good answer or creative ideas which is what is required of them, then it's time to move on come election time.
Just something 2 think about...thanks for reading.