Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Big County Lobbies for More Sales Tax

      St. Lawrence County is still trying to get a higher sales tax, this time by pledging an eight percent levy will lead to lower property taxes.
       Be careful. In a nearby county named after our third President, despite a healthy county fund balance, city residents will see their county tax bill rise by over seven percent this year, although the intracies of how such levies happen are seldom reported on.
         County governments have ballooning expenses because they are the administrators of state programs like welfare and Medicaid. They also face the pension mess all local governments face.
           St. Lawrence County residents will not get lower property taxes but for the next few years lawmakers will not have to vote to raise taxes or cut county jobs.
            The higher sales tax takes tough decisions out of local government.
             That's been my experience. I am not saying it to be mean or to pick on counties.
            
Watertown Daily Times | St. Lawrence County legislators work on sales tax proposal

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

More tax is always good. It allows us to pay more bills for favored people.

Right Handed Left Winger said...

I do not understand the complexities of raising/lowering sales taxes, however it does seem to me that sales tax is the most equitable way to raise money for local governments. Sales tax is paid by everyone, across the board equally. Property taxes, school taxes are not. These are paid by land owners in the case of property taxes, and in the case of school taxes, there has always been the gripe of those not using the system paying for it. So explain to me how a sales tax increase is anything by fair, although distasteful, to everyone.

Anonymous said...

Patty Ritchie could have represented her constituents who voted for her, and EASILY solved this problem in June,2011. Instead, she MINDLESSLY signed on with Grover Norquist. St. Lawrence County has always had the reputation as a "hick" county. Now, we have the State Senator we deserve.

Anonymous said...

It is a consumption tax. A flat tax would be a better way to go than property taxes and income taxes too. But YOUR side would never go for that, 9:16. They have purchased the votes of the 47%ers with the system we have.

Anonymous said...

All this talk about tax increases has no teeth. Half the country doesn't pay taxes. They get exemptions for being, well, I'm not really sure but there's a good reason. Some are poor or disabled, but some simply live near golf courses. Whatever the reason, we certainly can't expect them to worry about tax increases on the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

As long as they don't have a tattoo tax or a text tax or a lottery ticket tax then I am okay with it.