A TAXING REVERSAL
“Read my lips no new taxes.” This untrue catchphrase was uttered by former President George H. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention. Then he raised taxes.
“Majority Republicans in the Nassau County Legislature said last week that they will not contest County Executive Edward Mangano’s 3.4 percent property tax increase, ensuring it will stand.” (Nassau will hike taxes 3.4% as GOP drops fight. Newsday 11/10/14)
“The Oyster Bay Town Board unanimously passed an unannounced 8.8 percent property tax levy increase in its 2015 budget Tuesday.” (Town’s 8.8% tax hike, unannounced, Newsday 11/17/14)
“Islip’s town council approved a $134.4 million budget for 2015 this week after an amended budget was submitted by a councilman just before the vote took place after the room has cleared out — increasing taxes by 5.8 percent.” (Islip council OKs tax hike, Newsday 11/20/14.) In the same article, “Oyster Bay’s (budget) overriding the tax cap … after it held a public hearing on a budget proposal that had no tax hike.”
Smithtown also increased Property Taxes by $11.56 per house hold. (Smithtown Budget includes cuts, raises, jobs transfers, Newsday, 10/06/14)
Nov. 17 marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s his famous “I am not a crook” line at the height of the Watergate scandal.
I am not troubled by the mantra of “Tax Revolt Party.” However, it is most disconcerting when we willing accept a Republican leaders’ reversal of their stand on raising taxes. That’s what’s Revolting!
What’s even more revolting in not paying a fair share of taxes? Taxes are what we pay for the lifestyles we choose. Taxes are a Government’s life blood. Elected officials should be honest about raising taxes.
We can reverse the growth of raising taxes by consolidating local governments, School Districts, Fire District, etc., and eliminate the dualities of elected officials’ positions. (Approval of Suffolk County’s Proposition 5 is a Smart start.) Then perhaps, we could afford tax exemptions for Veterans, dramatically impact overall spending and therefore reduce Property Taxes. And that’s no lie.
Richard S. Macellaro, 1st Vice-Chair -Smithtown Democratic Committee.