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Tax rate decrease proposed for fifth consecutive year

September 3, 2008

Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter has proposed a budget that cuts the town tax rate for the fifth consecutive year.

On Friday, August 29, Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter submitted his proposed 2009 Operating Budget to the Town Board. This budget delivers a tax rate decrease for the fifth year in a row. The 2009 tax rate, $2.78/thousand dollars of assessment, represents a 0.16% decrease from the previous year. The average Pittsford homeowner will pay $727 in town taxes in 2009. Click for press release.

Statement from Town Supervisor Bill Carpenter

February 25, 2011

“The Town of Pittsford and all its employees are heartbroken over last week's events. Our condolences and prayers go out to Jennifer Simson’s family as well as our employee involved.

We thank the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for their dedicated work investigating

this tragic event as well as all the emergency personnel who responded. It is a tragedy for her loved ones and all of us here in the Pittsford community.”

---- Statement from Bill Carpenter, Pittsford Town Supervisor

Wireless network launches in Pittsford | Free in "hot spots"

February 12, 2008

The Town of Pittsford, the Town of Greece, the City of Rochester and Monroe County join a select group of major metropolitan areas throughout the United States where wireless network technology is offered.

On Tuesday, 2/12, Frontier Communications, in partnership with the County of Monroe, the City of Rochester and the towns of Pittsford and Greece, announced that wireless service is now available in their areas. The new network allows users to access the Internet in select "hot zones" via devices such as Wi-Fi enabled laptop computers and phones. Within hot zones, residents and citizens have FREE and UNLIMITED use of the network.

Supervisor Carpenter said, "The Town Board and I are pleased and excited to announce the addition of a wireless network in Pittsford. As lifestyles and work styles become increasingly mobile, the availability of Wi-Fi in our community is a real asset. Residents, visitors and businesses will benefit from this new service."

Free-of-charge, wireless hot zones are located in the town’s high-traffic community areas including the village center and the Monroe Avenue retail corridor. In free zones, you can access the Internet via "MonroeCountyWirelessFreeZone." Please see map.

The network has been expanded into other areas in the town to provide wireless Internet access. Unlimited service in the "expanded zones" is available to Frontier customers as an added feature to their current service plan. The network is also available at an hourly rate or by purchasing a one-, three- or seven-day pass. In pay-for-service areas, use the "FrontierCitywide" connection.

Town Services at your fingertips-Open an online account

July 6, 2009

Did you know? - You can register for recreation programs, reserve a meeting room, enter a request for service and pay property taxes online.

To do business with us online you must first create an account and select a user name and password. This is a one-time process. The details you provide when you create your account will be securely stored so the next time you sign up for a program or reserve a meeting room or enter a request for service, your name and contact information will auto-fill on the appropriate form(s).

We are pleased to provide town services at your fingertips. Coming soon: The ability to pay library fines and court fines online.

Town recognized for commitment to employee safety

June 24, 2009

Since 1982, the Public Employer Risk Management Association, PERMA, has been protecting and caring for the safety of all types of

public employees - firefighters, highway workers, groundskeepers and administrators.  The Town of Pittsford was proud to be recognized by PERMA for its effective safety and loss control programs.  The Town was evaluated on many categories including: special safety programs for employees; fleet safety (i.e. driver training); accident management; department and supervisor participation in programs; and record management.  This recognition has resulted in a decrease in the Town's contribution to worker's compensation which is passed directly on to taxpayers.


Town of Pittsford Staff

Thirteen communities may form health care consortium

June 21, 2010

On Tuesday, June 22, 13 Town Supervisors and Village Mayors gathered together with labor leaders at the Pittsford Community Library to announce a

collaborative partnership to explore the potential of creating a healthcare consortium. The decision to collaborate on this issue was driven by the burden that health care benefits is having on local municipal budgets. Since 2008, the premiums for these thirteen (13) communities have increased by over $6 million representing a 32.9% increase. Buying collaboratively will allow the communities to gain leverage, credibility and more information.

Under New York State law, to participate in a health care consortium, a community needs to have at least 50 benefit eligible employees. The collaborative partnership includes the Towns of Brighton, Chili, Gates, Greece, Henrietta, Irondequoit, Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford and Webster as well as the Villages of East Rochester and Fairport. The consortium also includes the Town of Victor in Ontario County. Together, these towns have almost 1900 insured bodies with collective insurance premiums of over $24 million.

The idea of forming a healthcare consortium has been discussed for a long time. The idea originally came from a sub-committee of the Monroe County Council of Governments chaired by Pittsford Supervisor Bill Carpenter. The Monroe County COG is a voluntary association of municipal governments in Monroe County organized to provide a forum for discussion and cooperative action on issues of common concern that go beyond jurisdictional boundaries.

Bill Carpenter stated "For years, the local insurance marketplace has dictated its terms to local employers and collective bargaining groups. By utilizing the concept of cooperative purchasing, we would allow each municipality to take back control of their healthcare premium costs and receive data as to the actual utilization of services - which ultimately drives the cost of the plan."

Ron Nesbitt, Chairman of the Council of Governments and Webster Town Supervisor added "This is a great story about communities joining forces and working together to try and lower costs for municipalities, and ultimately, taxpayers." He continued, "By joining together to purchase medical insurance for employees, we could leverage the much larger size of our 13 communities."

The collaborative partnership is still in an exploration phase. Information is being collected about the individual communities. Following that, an overall health care plan needs to be developed that will meet the needs of the various Town and Village Boards, their staff and the collective bargaining units.


Links to various maps

Town of Pittsford Maps

Planning Board

7:30pm. Town Hall - Lower Level 

Zoning Board

7:00 pm. Town Hall - Lower Level