End the property tax nightmare!

August 5, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 11:44 pm


Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 11:43 pm






What! You think the cap pushers wouldn’t like to get us all in one room and BOOM!!!!


You know how pushers are. They sell you dreams –cheap- but it costs you dear in the end.


Cap pushers are no exception. It’s an election year; people are being ruined by chaotic property taxes.


So here come the pushers, “PSST…You want relief?  Here’s a quick fix my friend, the CAP-sule (sorry) of your dreams….nobody pays anything and presto, your troubles disappear.”


Yeah right!


Omnibus is here to tell you that dunce caps won’t do it for you.


You wake up with a tax levy cap on your head after the election; look at your property tax bill and WHOA!!!! It just went up 8%…and besides you’ve got a dunce cap headache.


…and the pusher’s fanny is firmly ensconced in a leather chair at the capital.


OOPS! It wasn’t his fault. Sh-t happens.


 Not going to happen if we can help it.


We will move forward to protect you from false and misleading information and continue to fight to lower your property tax bill….

·         We will show you how the circuit breaker can reduce your taxes and the cap (soft, hard, dunce) can only ensure that your personal tax bill will continue to go up until you lose your home.

·       We will shine the spotlight ON WHO COUNTS FOR ALBANY POLITICIANS….easy… the folks who can be counted on to stump up the campaign lolly-the uber-rich and the Wall St. gang.


·       …and WHO DOESN’T COUNT- families now paying property  taxes that are consuming  10-20-30-40% of their income …the middle class …children, workers …small businesses…


When the league of Women Voters-among so many other pro bono unimpeachable groups- tells you the Omnibus circuit breaker is the best form of property tax relief and the politicians running for office tell you the tax levy cap is just peachy dandy who would a sane person believe??


So Omnibus will be waging a campaign to remind you that on poll after poll when the circuit breaker was compared with the cap- as to what it will do for you -the CB won hands down.



Stick a feather in your cap and call it macaroni… or as the candidates would say- call it property tax relief.



So how about the reform part of the Omnibus bill?


Talk to the pols about reconstructing the bulk of our deeply flawed, chaotic tax system to make it more equitable and they lock themselves in their (sumptuous) rest rooms.


BUT THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE MUST DO TO SAVE NYS ( no, not lock them in the John-but that works too)

We must clean up our tax house top to bottom.


MUCH More on all our plans later.


…we beseech the pols not to continually ask the people of NYS to feast on the crumbs from the table- which is what the candidates are doing so far.


When I read back on the bog postings from Albany  –the ups and the downs…whom we thought was a friend of the people  and who wasn’t – one has to conclude about these government officials and many of the candidates “If their lips are moving they’re lying.” (thanks for the quote, M.)


BTW_Check out the membership of Omnibus …you’ll find Sue Zimet (ZEE) who just led a bipartisan victory on a moratorium of destructive hydro-fracking…we expect these legislators from both sides of the aisle to do the same for property taxes which are just as destructive in their  sphere as fracking. 

WHY NOT GUYS! …and if taxes on land weren’t so confiscatory maybe folks wouldn’t have to give it up to devastating mining practices like fracking.

Congrats Omnibus founding member ZEE Zimet.


And below: three recent links from omnibus:

August 4, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 6:37 pm


Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 6:26 pm

Oops…we thought the senate had passed their silly “soft cap”…

My bad :(…they passed Gov. Paterson’s silly “hard cap.” (like it matters) Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Nothing is exempted from this one so everything is locked in place for funding in the property tax (including big ticket items like pensions that have to be made whole). That means all services except for the big ones that are mandated are squeezed out by the dunce cap…

Lest people think the state is going to step in and help with some big costs that are exempted from a cap in the NJ type dunce cap or not exempted in the NYS hard dunce cap.  Not a chance!

What agita !!

The state not only won’t help – despite a court order to fund education for each child equally but it is happy to cut education funding further and dump that on the property tax also….…soon all politicians will have noses like Pinocchio

For example a candidate for governor has said of his much publicized cap “…your local property taxes can’t go up more than (the amount of his cap)….” This leads you to believe that a a 2% cap for example means YOUR property taxes can’t go up more than 2%…(which is bad enough- they should be cut!…as our circuit breaker would do).


That is flat out not so!!!

I hesitate to say “a falsehood”…maybe the cap pushers   just don’t understand the subject.

A tax levy cap of 4% (Senate passed) on the county- for example- doesn’t mean that’s the most your county taxes can go up.

They could and probably will go up much more  depending on your assessment-how many people are delinquent—how many foreclosures there are- how many religious tax exempts are given (you take up the slack kiddo) and whether desperate parents override the cap to provide better services  to make up for those that were cut out by the state….there are a lot of possibilities…all bad.

Anyway-the Omnibus Tax Solution Consortium meets for a summit tomorrow.

I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile don’t buy any snake oil or dunce caps.

So far there is no dunce cap…keep demanding our Omnibus tax reform bill…that’s the only way to cut your taxes AND reform the whole chaotic property tax.


August 3, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 9:47 pm

HOT FLASH!!!! ( I get those when I talk about Albany.) They passed the state budget a little while ago….big whoop… inexcusably late and tatterdemalion (look it up…it’ll give you something to do while you gnash your teeth over the horrible, thoughtless, patchy (hint) mess they are calling a budget).

For shame: the rich get richer and there’s no property tax reform…in fact property taxes will escalate as a result of this budget.


Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 9:02 pm


Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 9:00 pm


Was it the circuit breaker? That’s the only property tax relief bill that actually delivers relief?  NO.

Was it a tax levy cap? That doesn’t do anything but ensure that your taxes will GO up and services will be SCREWED up. But NO again.

GOLLY GEE…It was the NJ style NO –CAP- CAP!!!

This is the premier type of dunce cap.

 Tax levy caps don’t bring relief …and NJ style NO –CAP- CAPS just make everything worse. Considering how bad the property tax situation already is this is saying a lot.

Everything that costs money (but the school toilet paper) is exempted from this type of  cap (because the state doesn’t want to pick up the funding) ….and it guarantees that the tax levy will go up 4%…and your own tax bill much more than 4%.

So what’s with that??

 Well- the Senate probably thinks the people who believe caps will help them are easy to fool into believing the Senate  tried but the Assembly wouldn’t  vote on it.

…and for the people who know caps aren’t property tax relief -but really an instrument that confuses and hampers the delivery of services (like education)- the Senate can point to the fact –wink wink nod nod-that the NJ style no- cap- cap is a “soft” cap. They’ll whisper that they didn’t pass a REAL cap.

This silliness will hardly fool the people who want some immediate relief …or anyone else with more brain cells than a box of rocks..

The Senate caved.

They thought they needed to do SOMETHING about ruinous property taxes and this was the easiest, cheapest…and most desperately silly thing they could do.

They think they can blame the Assembly and win re-election. HA!

They not only don’t have the courage of their convictions-they have no convictions.

I take back anything nice I ever said about them.

The Senate should be wearing bells and motley except for:

Adams, Diaz, Huntley, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Schneiderman, and A. Thompson who had the integrity and sense to vote “NO”.


Of course the Assembly is mostly finished and probably won’t vote on this THING at all …

Of course they won’t give us a circuit breaker either…so there we are. AGAIN.

…It is Tuesday, August 03, 2010 and we are still disgusted and angry at the miserable mess claiming to be a government in Albany.

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 2:39 pm


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…and here’s proof that ALL  the candidates for governor are playing VERY nasty games with the middle class…Tuesday, August 03, 2010.


They are claiming that tax levy caps are property tax relief…a BOGUS and cynical claim.

They won’t save you a penny on your bill; it will continue to go up …and with education cuts shifting more funding your way, your prop. tax bill will be going up even more .

In addition it’s a great way for mostly rich communities to get rid of the less wealthy and the poor among them.

Even if not intentional , the cap allows the richest inhabitants  to  just override it; thereby making housing unaffordable and ridding the neighborhood of the less wealthy.

It also makes their schools tantamount to private schools where there is no longer economic diversity. NASTY? You bet!

The circuit breaker on the other hand is real relief, protecting middle class families making up to 250,000 from paying more in property taxes than their income allows. That protects them from losing their homes.


Albany is blaming public workers ( barely middle class) for making a decent living and planning for future retirement rather than looking at who’s gobbling up the fruits of our labor….

Of course insane property taxes (not based on income and paid in large measure by workers and middle income people) should NOT bear the burden of paying for services like education and Medicaid …..but the candidates won’t even talk about that funding shift from income taxes on the rich to property taxes on us…

HERE’S WHAT YOU MUST KNOW to judge the candidates:

       83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people.

     These are NOT the folks working at the Motor Vehicle Bureau.

       61 percent of Americans “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.

     These ARE the guys and gals working to keep your roads in good condition. They are NOT the CEOs of oil companies… or legislators.

       66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.

  Believe me when I say that firemen are NOT among these favored folks.

       A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement.

This does NOT include the candidates for governor. No way ! No how!

       Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.

Property taxes have gone up 60%-70% in recent years…a huge factor in housing cost  increases (and in rising rents)  and the escalating number of foreclosures.

       In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.

…and nary a candidate for governor-including the so-called  democrat –see any need  to tax some of that phenomenal pelf…they just want to “shrink” the work force or cut  workers’ salaries so they don’t inconvenience their campaign contributors..

       The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.

…are you listening, all you candidates for office in NYS???

       Average Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008.

But the candidates seem to be saying – why should we tax those excessive bonuses? Let’s just gut state funding for services and make property taxes take up the slack.

       In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.

So let’s just cut back some more people like teachers and police and make it an even 40 weeks…so say our wonderful compassionate candidates for governor.

       This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents  an hour.

The candidates are blaming the public sector workers for the desperate plight of the private sector workers whose jobs were outsourced to these places  by the big corporations.

Tacky as hell and nasty as the devil and old as the hills, are the “divide and conquer” tactics of the candidates.

 This is REAL class warfare-pitting the middle class against itself.

It goes like this:

“Hey, that correction officer is making more than you. Let’s get him/her and cut him down to your size paycheck.

That’ll  make you feel better even though it doesn’t raise your paycheck by a penny..”

·        Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 – the highest rate in 20 years.•    Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.•   

 The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income.

…and that’s why the candidates have many millions to spend from the big boy campaign donors …remember they didn’t collect those millions in small donations from people like us. 

That’s why they’re not working for us, middle class New Yorkers.

If they were, they would raise taxes on the super-rich ( getting richer every minute with lower taxes than any time in decades).  

Then they could restore services and cut property taxes on the middle class (getting poorer every day) by enacting the Omnibus Circuit Breaker and reform bill-the only REAL property tax reform.

Write in vote anyone?? Meanwhile keep a watching brief. Maybe one of the candidates will come to his senses.




August 2, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 12:46 pm


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