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Posted on August 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
As election time gets nearer, the Governor has conveniently allowed to provide $350.00 checks to residents with children under 17 as of 2012 who have household incomes between $40,000 and $300,000.
When I happened to mention this to my two daughters this past weekend, neither daughter knew about their upcoming windfall from New York State. So, I decided to write about it so other Webster residents will be on the lookout for their checks sometime in late September.
This is a three year program and this year you will receive a check from New York State. In the years 2015 and 2016 you will receive a credit on your New York State income tax return for the money. In my case, and the case of some of my friends we feel like second rate New York State residents because we are not receiving a check. However, like everyone else, we continue to pay school taxes but get nothing in return from the Governor. This seems like a very bias and unfair program only serving a small minority of residents paying school taxes. Besides the question begs to be answered by the Governor about why residents making under $40,000 are not included in the rebate program? Are not those residents also struggling?
To the second rebate program offered by the Governor is the Property Tax Freeze program. This is a rebate in the first year of the program of any tax increase the Webster School District might have if they stayed under the Tax Cap Program in 2014. And yes indeed the Webster Central School District did stay under the Tax Cap and raised school taxes by five cents ($.05) per thousand. So for the average house in Webster of $168,000, that will be an increase of $8.40 to your school tax bill. Now New York State is going to cut you a rebate check in October for that amount to each homeowner in the town. My question is how much is it going to cost the State of New York to send out that $8.40 check? With labor, printing costs and postage I would say about an average of around $50.00 to $100.00 – does this make any sense to you?
The answer to all these silly gimmicks the Governor is using is very plain and simple: if he would just lower New York State’s income tax we would not be playing and paying back all of these rebate programs.
In celebration of the Labor Day holiday, the Webster Town Hall will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014. We will reopen for business on Tuesday, September 2nd.
If 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