This will be my last post exposing the hideous burden put on New Rochelle property owners by the 30-year tax abated Avalon community. I previously revealed that 80 students enrolled from the Avalon community impose a $1.6 million tax burden on property owners. 80 students are 38% more then originally projected in the Avalon Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) raising concerns about the accuracy of all projections from the EIS. Simple math reveals that Avalon 1 would pay $3.8 million in property taxes at their current assessment of which $2.4 million would go to the school district yet the Avalon community pays ZERO DOLLARS ($0) in school taxes.
The same EIS stated there would be; “no significant impacts to police protection services” and “the proposed development (Avalon) is not expected to have significant impacts on fire protection and emergency services in New Rochelle.”
Statistics obtained from city administration reveal that in 2009 there will be;
124* calls dispatched for fire and emergency services to the Avalon community
390* calls dispatched for police protection services to the Avalon community
* Figures projected based on number of calls to date
That’s a total of 514 calls that our public safety personnel must contend with. Avalon 2’s projection for police responses is 283 for 2009 up from 51 in 2008, which is due in part to Avalon 2’s marketing strategy to target college students as opposed to “people with disposable income” as originally promised?
The impacts I have defined are just the tip of the iceberg as I am an average citizen who couldn’t begin to fathom the impacts on traffic, parking, sewers, air quality etc. We can’t cry over spilled milk but we must learn from our mistakes. If LeCount Square comes back to the table we must demand the studies be updated in light of their 12 extensions. We must demand extra public safety personnel including DPW. We must increase projected impacts by at least 25% to cover worst case scenarios and most of all we must protect the hard working property owners who continue to bear the burden of tax abatements. The re-development process in New Rochelle is fast approaching the 15-year mark and there are no tangible benefits. Isn’t it about time the property owners who have endured numerous tax abated projects demand everyone pay their fare share from this point forward?