Online Letter to the Editor for June 14

Thursday, June 14, 2012
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Town meeting to be held regarding mandate relief

Patti Southworth, Ballston town supervisor, is hosting a town hall meeting on the subject of mandate relief today [ June 14] at 7 p.m. at the Ballston Town Hall. She has worked with members of the Saratoga County administrator’s office to develop an informative presentation about how unfunded state mandates are impacting all residents of our county.

Paul Sausville, Malta town supervisor, recently stated that the county’s property tax rate — which is among the state’s lowest at $2.23 per $1,000 of assessed value — “is essentially a state tax to cover mandates.”

Although the county generates about $50 million annually through property taxes, it has a yearly mandate bill of $61.5 million, the balance of which must paid from county sales tax revenue. The cost of unfunded state mandates is increasing each year and this situation is unsustainable.

All residents are encouraged to attend on June 14 town hall meeting to learn more!

Lisa Donovan

Ballston

 

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