Friday, June 07, 2013

Residents sue to maintain road - City & Region - The Buffalo News

Residents sue to maintain road - City & Region - The Buffalo News: SILVER CREEK – Residents on a stretch of Stewart Avenue in Hanford Bay are going to court to force the Town of Hanover to maintain that section of the road.

Robert Whalen, one of the residents, said the town has maintained the roadway for more than 50 years, and he and 10 other residents are asking that the town continue the practice. Whalen said the group of residents filed a suit against the town, a case that will be heard July1 in State Supreme Court.
Another dispute over who pays for costly road infrastructure maintenance: the local government via property taxes or the HOA via HOA assessments. Either way, the property owners are going to pay since they fund both sources.

1 comment:

IC_deLight said...

Well it is better than expecting them to pay full property taxes and yet be excluded from benefits the county gives taxpayers elsewhere.

Another problem with the roads in the subdivision is the scale of the economy of the HOA and its more limited negotiating authority and more limited source of revenue. The county has more bargaining power and the vendors it deals with can typically handle things on such a scale with better quality and more economically. That's not intended to be a "pro government" statement but merely reflective of the differences in economic power and bargaining ability of the two. Plus the county already has folks that are competent at ensuring roads meet particular standards.