Friday, January 11, 2013

WDT: County Catching on to Notion of Political Cover for Albany Pols

   Slowly but surely the state legislators from St. Lawrence County are getting the political cover they need to risk breaking their own no-tax pledges and carry legislation in Albany to hike the county's sales tax by 14%, from 7% to 8%.
     Local governments and even the Chamber of Commerce are begging for the higher tax rate based on a promise by the County to lower the property tax levy over the next five years. Local governments who now get half of the local share of sales tax would end up with a smaller percentage of a bigger pie, but for them that does mean more dollars which makes their budgeting easier.
County Manager Karen St. Hilaire and the County Legislature
Lobby for Higher Taxes

     It's unknown if the Governor will support the local tax hike but if all the local governments are asking for it, I suspect he will.
      For residents of the Big County examining their small paychecks due to the recent federal FICA tax hike, its one more reduction in their family spending power.
      However, higher sales tax cuts evenly across the board, meaning it's a way to spread the tax burden to classes of people paying little or no property tax. In other words, making the poor pay their fair share, if you will.
     What will happen is what happens in Jefferson and all other counties. The extra money allows for a temporary reduction in property tax levies until the new revenue stream is absorbed over the next three or four years. Then the property tax levy will start increasing again.
      If and when it is enacted, the state representitives will be able to say they are doing the will of the people, or at least the will as expressed by local elected bodies.
      Watertown Daily Times | Ogdensburg Council voices support for county tax plan

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its raising taxes...of course the governor will sign it, with a big fat smile I might add. The only thing is that he and the MSN will call it a tax cut.

Anonymous said...

Mayor, This board up here in the big county is a joke. This deal will get Patty off the hook and will give them the extra revenue to settle some big union contracts on the table. They already stated will only be used to take away the 14% hike the socked us with this year and the rest to build fund balance. Seems only 3 or 4 years ago they had 20 plus million fund balance. Now they have to borrow 12 million to keep up with payroll and expenses. Keep counting casino money in the 4 million balance which is owed and snowball chance in hell of seeing. Especially with King Coumo going to get a few casino's up and running.Hopefully not all will drink the water, but looking like a done deal.

Anonymous said...

AAAhhhh!! It's the mcdonald's Grimace!!

Anonymous said...

The county gains $63 million in new sales tax over 5 years, but only adds $3 million to the fund balance and cuts property taxes by just $7 million. The rest pays for more spending. But Legislator Fred Morrill says “every nickle" is being returned to taxpayers through tax cuts and higher reserves. Why isn't the MSM asking tough questions about this supposed "plan?"

Anonymous said...

Lets keep in mind that Ritchie promised no new taxes so she will have to break her word. Of course thats OK now that shes a two termer. I woul d like to see her get us something she promised two or three years ago.. Anything....

Anonymous said...

I don't think you should allow anyone to dictate what gets removed from your blog, Mr Mayor. Let posts stand. Let the responses to posts stand. There is nothing to be afraid of. If some had their way, we would have censored news on all levels. Don't let it happen here too. The reason some cry about lawsuits is they want their opinions to go unchallenged. That is not what the Constitution, this country, or this blog is all about. Not yet anyway.