August 30, 2010
iT’S A Damned shame!!!!!!Monday, August 30, 2010… THE TAXPAYERS SPEAK!
….we have come to the realization that the solution to the problem is to get the hell out of Dodge [New York State]. I will be 76 in October and my wife of 56 years will be 76 in February of 2011. We have lived in New York State our entire lives, but we are preparing our home for sale in 2011. Our situation continues to deteriorate and we are now paying 16% [$ 442.00 per month] of our gross adjusted fixed income in property taxes. If we remained here for another 10 years, we will be paying approximately $ 60,000.00 in property taxes. We are now between the “proverbial rock and a hard place.” The high assessed property values and resulting property taxes, have placed our property out of reach of local residents and we are being forced to sell in an environment that, according to a local realtor is the worst that he has experienced in the 42 years that he has been in business.
In addition to the aforementioned, Albany is now cutting back on the STAR program.”
From Harold C. Siver Jr. in Remsen NY
Harold has fought for tax reform for years. He contributed two excellent papers to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform….unfortunately no one in Albany is listening.
So we will continue to lose invaluable citizens like Harold and his wife.
…and that’s a damned shame!
Nothing the pols in Albany are saying about taxes has any credibility…and nothing they are proposing will help reduce the pressure and keep Harold in NYS.
Every word out of their political mouths is a lie…including “and” and “the”.
August 25, 2010
Important -information-catch up on the issues….Wednesday, August 25, 2010
If you remember only one fact please remember what Frank says below:
It is important that New York policymakers seize this opportunity to phase in an effective middle class circuit breaker. But it is equally important that they adopt a long term strategic approach to moving a significant amount of costs from the local to the state levels in a way that achieves true tax reform.
Frank Mauro-Fiscal Policy Institute–author of the Omnibus Solution
I think the reference to the state’s “shifting the burden of paying for education onto the backs of local property taxpayers” refers to the fact that, while it provides “state aid”, it does so only on a year to year basis, based purely on its own political and fiscal considerations, rather than committing to a coherent revenue stream for the outyears that would help local districts do the same and ultimately help reduce local costs. (And in fact it has even reneged on commitments to increase needs-based aid mandated by CFE.) Since education costs have been constantly rising (in part due to the state’s own mandates), and since the state is loathe to raise state income or other broad-based taxes, the pressure has naturally fallen on local school districts (and local governments in general) to shoulder an ever heavier burden, most of which falls on the backs of the property taxpayers. That way local officials get most of the blame for the tax increase (and/or reductions in programs and services), and Albany gets to shortchange, with relative impunity, its responsibility to educate the state’s children and its past commitment to revenue sharing and other municipal and county programs. That situation has of course intensified over the past two years.
John Whiteley- Legislation and Policy expert- OMNIBUS CONSORTIUM
…And a great observation from Rachel (Omnibus Consortium and coordinator of Westchester for Change)…
GIOIA, CAN YOU PERHAPS PUT INTO YOUR BLOG SOMETHING ABOUT THE NEW YORK MIDDLE CLASS SOON TO GO ON THE “ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST” PERHAPS WE COULD GET AN ECOLOGICAL GRANT TO SAVE THE SPECIES,??
August 15, 2010
Above is a picture found carved in a cave…
The artifact dates to the second century BCE.
The carving depicts the Albaniac CAP CULT– a primitive group even by 200 BCE standards- in a ritual “CAP DANCE.”
This cult dominated the Albaniacs ruling hierarchy.
Instead of planting corn the hierarchy insisted that the populace dance the Cap dance during planting season.
The populace grew tired of starving every year while their neighbors -who planted corn rather than dance the “cap dance”- flourished.
They decapitated* the CAP CULT leaders and very quickly began to thrive.
August 14, 2010
YOU HAVE TO SUSPECT A SCAM….
when so many of the Albany politicians and the gubernatorial candidates are ALL cap happy.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Yeah! Let’s cap the property tax septic tank and that’ll keep the smell from coming out…and then we can keep filling it up with crap!
Somebody call Mr. Cooper (my septic guy). He knows you have to clean that septic out regularly or the stench will persist.
But then there are so many smells in state government they figure the confiscatory property tax is just one more stink.
Their plan: Hold your nose and “cap” it.
Even the pols have to admit a “tax levy cap” won’t lower taxes.
IN FACT CAPS GUARANTEE THAT INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS WILL CONTINUE THEIR PRECIPITOUS RISE!
But they keep pretending that property taxes won’t go up (compounded each year) more than the so-called cap they’re furiously peddling …and that’s downright misleading!
Okay, it’s a blatant lie.
Caps just provide the state coffers with cover as they continue to shovel their responsibilities onto local property taxes.
This stinky cap proposal which they’re touting as a “property tax cap” letting people believe it will cap their actual tax bill at 4% or 2% isn’t an individual property tax cap at all.
For shame! Such duplicity!
The only legislation that will roll back your individual tax bill-and not increase your neighbor’s bill- is our Omnibus Circuit Breaker and property tax reform bill.
That doesn’t suit the pols who need to silence the clamor about the property tax smell -and quickly; they need to mask the twenty years when they let the situation deteriorate.
Paterson (The state can’t afford relief and I am the state, that Paterson.) and some wannabee governors need a quick fix which isn’t a fix at all, ergo tax levy caps. ( Some suspicious folks even think it’s a shoot out to take down Silver –to his credit a Circuit breaker proponent- before ‘guess’ who becomes the Gov…..my goodness would pols play such nasty games with taxpayers ????)
A circuit breaker and reform of our inequitable tax structure would mean real work. Hell they’d rather just cap it and forget about it…and forget the misery it’s causing families.
By the time you get your first huge bill under the levy cap, and wonder what the hell happened to the cap promises, they’ll have their pampered butts safely in a red leather chair in Albany or Wall Street; and they’ll be blaming somebody else- maybe road workers or kindergarten kids- for the failure of the tax levy cap to do a damned thing for homeowners and renters except to sink them further into penury.
These pols care only about having power over the many billions you send the state government in tax money and fees- loot that they can spend any which way they want; and saving our family homes from confiscatory property taxes is NOT the way they want to spend that money-not even a little of it.
August 9, 2010
BE CREATIVE GUYS…PICK A GOOD TITLE FOR THE CARTOON…August 9, 2010
A couple of suggestions I got from tax reformers and neighbors:
… BUT IT STILL STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN!
… EVENTUALLY YOU GOTTA CALL THE
COMPANY (OMNIBUS) TO CLEAN IT OUT.
… HOW CAN YOU PUT A LID ON IT WHEN ALBANY POLS KEEP STUFFING MORE AND MORE CRAP IN!
… LET’S HOPE ALL THE CANDIDATES ARE CLOSE BY WHEN IT FINALLY BLOWS UP!