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Posted on September 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Have you noticed from Albany lately that most of their tax programs include a tax rebate? Just last week they started to send out rebate checks for the Family Tax Relief Credit Program. This is a rebate program for families that make a combined family income of $40,000 to $300,000 and have a child under 17 going to school in the year 2012.
Forget about the fact that this program is discriminating against families that make under $40,000 (who really need the money), or seniors who have paid school taxes for years and get no tax break from Albany. It is a rebate program refunding tax dollars after Albany has already over taxed you in April when you paid your state income tax. They are giving you back your own money and brag about the fact there doing it.
Now, coming up in October, we have another tax rebate program called the Tax Freeze Rebate Program. This program, which is going to last through 2016, will rebate you this year for the tax increase you experience this year in your school tax bill. Again, the state realizes that taxes are too high in New York and is going to “rebate” you the amount your school taxes increased.
Add this to the STAR Rebate program that homeowners get from the state on their school tax bills or the enhanced STAR program for seniors, and this is just another rebate program from New York State.
Just last week it was announced that it is costing $1.6 million alone in postage to send out the two above mentioned rebate checks to families. That does not include paper, envelopes and labor to send out the checks. Any business person or family person looking after the family expenses realizes what a waste of taxpayers’ dollars this is. This money could be going to solve poverty in Monroe County or helping out this community in other ways instead of wasting it on postage for yet another New York State Rebate Program. The Governor could very easily fix this rebate system by lowering income taxes in New York State. However, that would be too easy, especially when he likes to take credit for giving out these rebate checks making New York State the Rebate State of America.
2015 Budget Hearing this Thursday Night
On Thursday, October 2nd at 7:30 p.m., the Town Board will have a public hearing on the 2015 Webster Town Budget. All Department heads will be in attendance along with the Town Board to answer any questions you might have on the 2015 Budget that was presented to the community in last week’s Webster Herald. You will have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments on the 2015 Budget at this time before final adoption of the town budget on November 6, 2014.
Pharmaceutical Waste Collection
Once again this past Saturday, Webster residents came through and stopped at the Webster Wastewater Treatment Plant where 260 participants dropped off over 554 pounds of outdated or not useable pharmaceuticals. On behalf of the Town, I want to thank the town employees that worked the event on Saturday, and all of the residents who dropped off pharmaceuticals that are now not ending up in Lake Ontario.
As always, 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