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Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM by PattiAnn Schultz
Monroe County’s sales tax revenue fell nearly 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same time frame in 2012. This is not good news to towns and villages in Monroe County that depend on this revenue to help balance their budgets. Hopefully the next three quarters can make up for the first quarter loss and we can at least equal 2012 revenues.
PILOTs (Payment in Lieu of Taxes)
Maybe, someday someone from COMIDA will explain to me why government (Monroe County) gives tax breaks to developers to build something that they would have built in the coming years anyhow. I can understand if we are saving a lot of jobs or we are going to start to employ a lot of residents, but just giving out tax breaks and sales tax exemptions to developers or corporations to have them build something they were going to build anyhow is just plain wrong. The rest of the taxpaying society has to burden themselves with making up the difference in the tax shortage just so these developers or corporations can pay less in taxes. This certainly was not the idea when PILOTs were first introduced years ago. Now even non-for-profits that have directors making six figures a year are applying for these tax breaks. It is not right and New York State should take a look at the way government is giving away taxpayers hard earned tax dollars.
Recent STAR news
There is a lot of information and misinformation circulating in the press today and probably in the days to come, concerning the STAR program. THE 2013 STAR EXEMPTION BENEFITS ARE UNAFFECTED.
The changes in the STAR program in the Governor’s budget are many and our Assessment Office is NOT responsible for the administration of ANY of these changes.
Please direct your questions to the Department of Taxation and Finance at 518-457-20365 or visit their website at www.tax.ny.gov.
If you should you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt