UP UP AND AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!
Some samples:..and this was a GOOD year…. with stimulus money for every district…
The 2009-10 tax rates per $1,000 of assessed property value are as follows.
• *Esopus: *$14.69 for homes, up $1.04, or 7.69 percent, from $13.65 in
2008-09; and $19.89 for businesses, up $1.54, or 8.39 percent, from
$18.35 in 2008-09.
• *Hurley: *$15.33 for homes, up 70 cents, or 4.79 percent, from $14.63
in 2008-09; and $21.19 for businesses, up 74 cents, or 3.62 percent,
from $20.45 in 2008-09.
• *City of Kingston:* $14.57 for homes, up $1.06, or 7.84 percent, from
$13.51 in 2008-09; and $20.84 for businesses, up $1.57, or 8.15 percent,
from $19.27 in 2008-09.
• *Town of Kingston:* $18.37 for homes, up $1.26, or 7.36 percent, from
$17.11 in 2008-09; and $24.91 for businesses, up $1.76, or 7.6 percent,
from $23.15 in 2008-09.
• *Marbletown:* $15.11 for homes, up 57 cents, or 3.92 percent, from
$14.54 in 2008-09; and $20.70 for businesses, up 93 cents, or 4.7
percent, from $19.77 in 2008-09.
• *New Paltz: *$14.46 for homes, up 61 cents, or 4.4 percent, from
$13.85 in 2008-09; and $23.50 for businesses, down $5.80, or 19.74
percent, from $29.28 in 2008-09.
• *Saugerties: *$18.79 for homes, up 43 cents, or 2.34 percent, from
$18.36 in 2008-09; and $25.23 for businesses, up 72 cents, or 3.02
percent, from $24.49 in 2008-09.
• *Town of Ulster: *$21.20 for homes, up $1.71, or 8.77 percent, from
$19.49 in 2008-09; and $29.71 for businesses, up $2.43, or 8.9 percent,
from $27.28 in 2008-09.
• *Woodstock:* $17.59 for homes, up $1.30, or 7.98 percent, from $16.29
in 2008-09; and $24.01 for businesses, up $1.86, or 8.34 percent, from
$22.15 in 2008-09.
Every 5-10 years the sales tax is increased by one percent in NYS counties. It enables counties to avoid the hard choices of cutting services, programs and staff. It also enables counties to keep their property tax levy under the 2% total assessment constitutional limit.
There is no limit on the sales tax. There ought to be. At the next constitutional convention it should be a priority.
The state mandates programs to local government and avoids the responsibility of taxing to obtain revenue to fund these mandates. Instead, the state legislature gives local government the authority to raise the sales tax, and then rubber stamps all the county sales tax increase requests.
This has to stop.
It is a green light for taxing and spending ad infinitum.
As government grows year after year, private enterprise is reduced to subsidies (IDA,Empire Zone, etc) to survive.
And government grows.
At the turkey farm in Albany (where they gobble up money) the Dems have magnanimously given their GOP counterparts 3 million bucks for HIRING MORE STAFF.
“Isn’t that nice”, said an acquaintance, “because when the GOP was in the majority (Senate) they didn’t give the Dems anything for staff raises”.
DUH!!!! NOBODY SHOULD HAVE ANY MONEY FOR STAFF RAISES OR ANY RAISES FOR ANYBODY IN ALBANY GOVERNMENT BECAUSE WE ARE IN AN EMERGENCY AND PEOPLE ARE GOING CRAZY FROM PROPERTY TAXES….AND THE NEXT TURKEY WHO TELLS ME ALBANY HAS NO MONEY FOR TAX REFORM ^**+@##*&++<>!!
…AND THE MOST TRAGIC PART…
All around the country…and New York is NO exception…more and more children are starting school HOMELESS…..
SO LISTEN UP ALBANY…YOU SAY YOU HAVE NO MONEY TO RESOLVE THE DEVASTATING PROPERTY TAX CRISIS WHICH IS RESULTING IN A DOUBLING OF FORECLOSURES AROUND THE STATE.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET THE MONEY TO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND SERVICES TO THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES THAT ARE HOMELESS BECAUSE OF THE ADDED AND CRUSHING BURDEN OF EXORBITANT PROPERTY TAXES?????….oh right, you’ll offload onto county property taxes thereby compounding the problem.
..OR MAYBE YOU INTEND TO GO ALONG AS BEFORE…SCARFING UP MONEY FOR YOUR OWN PERKS… AND HANDING OUT EXTENSIVE GIFTS OF TAX EXEMPTIONS TO EVERY SANCTIFIED AND BLESSED HOLY (PROFIT TAKING) ACRE YOU CAN FIND (in order to secure votes from the blessed ones)…WHILE THE NEIGHBORS OF THESE ‘HOLY’ ACRES EAT THE INCREASED PROPERTY TAXES.
MAYBE YOU FIGURE YOU CAN BUY YOUR WAY INTO HEAVEN…like you buy your way into office..
Happy Labor Day Albany….enjoy your job…while you still have one.