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Posted on January 18, 2016 at 9:53 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Starting on January 9th New York State Tax Freeze Rebate checks started to appear in resident’s mailboxes as the state finally got around to sending them out. The payments averaged just over $1.00 per thousand of your assessment; which is if your house assessment was $150,000 you would receive a check for just over $ 150.00.
There was no mention anywhere on the check or inside the flap of the check on how this dollar amount was calculated as the town, school district and county all stayed under the tax cap in 2014, to receive this check in 2015, which did not arrive until 2016. Also not mentioned was how many millions of dollars it cost the state in labor, printing costs and postage to send out these tax rebate checks. Last year to send out the Family Credit rebate checks it cost $1.6 million so how is this saving the tax payers money? The state issued you a rebate check from money you already gave the state from “your right hand pocket” and then they cost you more in income taxes to pay for this mailing from “your left hand pocket”. This was all in the name of New York State lowering your taxes, right?
Many of my neighbors called or ask me why they were receiving a check because it was so long ago that the state announced this program that they forgot all about getting a check. Do you really relate this check to lower property taxes that you pay at Town Hall? Or is it like a coupon you just received off of a gallon of milk at Hegedorns? I believe there should be lower taxes from the state level so we, the residents, have more money in our pockets to spend daily and stop with the gimmicks.
Webster Herald Progress Issue Coming Out
The annual Webster Herald Progress Issue, which details the future of the town from Webster government’s perspective, will be coming out to every resident’s mailbox on February 3rd.
I will have my State of the Town Address in that issue plus many Town of Webster Department Heads will be writing articles on their departments and their under takings for 2016. It should be a very interesting issue of the Webster Herald!
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 email@example.com
Ronald W. Nesbitt