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Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The latest legislative session in Albany is over with and what did New York State residents end up with? Did they address the highest local tax burden per person in the nation; the eighth highest top personal income tax rate and a median property tax more than double the national average? NO. Our state representatives did not address these crucial issues facing New Yorkers at all.
They also did not address key issues facing your local government in dealing with a 2014 budget right here in Webster. Pension costs are still soaring out of sight and they did nothing but kick the can down the road on that one. They once again refused to look at WICKS law and the wage requirements inside of WICKS that make municipalities pay more for their capital projects.
They did not address the state’s surcharge on health care policies that are driving up the cost of health care right here in New York State outside of the Affordable Health Care Plan. Once again they raised the surcharge on moving traffic violations in New York now up to $93.00 per ticket which does not include the fine.
The Governor’s ads on television highlight lower tax rates in New York as the lowest in years but the difference from 6.85 percent to 6.45 percent netted you about $155.00 a year; hardly a radical difference in your way of life.
The state is still in debt and the solution we are given is more casinos and “Tax-Free NY”. This program is for very few new businesses in the state and does not address the businesses in this state that have over paid taxes in the past. On top of that after ten years what incentive will they have to stay in New York?
Well, again this year New Yorkers where let down by our elected representatives and I can bet you more New Yorkers will be leaving the state in the coming year. Why stay here and pay these outrageous high taxes when you can save money just by moving to a more friendly taxed state? Since 1995 over one million New Yorkers have left the state and the last one standing please turn out the lights.
As always, 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