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Residents: Exceeding tax cap will cripple Schenectady County

Opposing viewpoints aired at public hearing

Charles Steiner, president of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce, speaks to the Schenectady County Legislature about the tax cap override on Friday, September 28, 2012.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Charles Steiner, president of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce, speaks to the Schenectady County Legislature about the tax cap override on Friday, September 28, 2012.
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Lifting the state-imposed tax cap will have a crippling effect on already struggling homeowners in Schenectady County, a majority of speakers told legislators during a public hearing Friday evening. Many of the more than 50 people filling the Schenectady County Legislature’s chamber said the already high tax burden throughout the county is forcing people from their homes and causing others to contemplate a move either toward other more-affordable counties or even out of state. They ...


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kopacham
September 29, 2012
6:12 a.m.

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I think it is about time to dissolve the county and consoladate it with something bigger but more efficient. There is no reason these days to have a dozen different school systems, police & fire departments, court systems, supervisors and mayors. If they could create the city of New York out of a patchwork of fiefdoms a hundred years ago, surely they can do something here.

wmarincic
September 29, 2012
7:39 a.m.

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Of course the "something for nothing" crowd wants more taxes.

manjoe
September 29, 2012
8:47 a.m.

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Thank G for James Buhrmaster!

wmarincic
September 29, 2012
11:01 a.m.

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Tax and spend democrats, when will you people STOP voting for these tax and spend democrats. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

justapto
September 29, 2012
7:50 p.m.

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These elected officials all fALL IN LINE for the unions desire. The unions back them with money and push for votes from friends, family, uninformed.
Time to consolidate all the towns, villages, the county and city into a more productive, and economical entity.
The majority of staes all have counties that run the whole show of police, schools, streets, etc.
Why do we pay for duplication and inefficiency of services?
SPEAK UP, SCREAM, YELL AND SWEAR IF NECESSARY THESE FOOLS NEED TO LISTEN OR WE ARE DOOMED.
Mississippi and the poor southern states will look like economic paradise if we don't
I am not for moving to Mississippi BUT the day may come!

clifford
September 29, 2012
9:14 p.m.

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Ya great idea. consolidate and see how the county can realy waste money. The county currently spends 78% of our tax money on welfare and god knows what else they do with all the sales tax revenue. Blame unions there the problem for sure, they all work for a living instead of reaping your democratic welfare.

clifford
September 29, 2012
9:20 p.m.

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when have you ever seen big government be more effecient than small government. State mandates, federal mandates etc are whats killing us. small government works best.

under consolidation the towns will pay more taxes and get less services. Police, Fire and so on will speed all there time in the city and those paying higher taxes will never get services

hodgkins.t
September 29, 2012
10:44 p.m.

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big government is many governments. the more governments we have is not better. the more duplicative bureaucrats we have the higher the tax burden. the state will pay for consolidation of government studies, and a constitutional convention- at the county or multi-county level would allow for the development of a modern efficient and democratic government. democratic as in giving the people the power to directly vote on budgets, vote on tax increases, vote on referendums, vote to recall officials. government has never been static. time to reconstruct.

wmarincic
September 30, 2012
9:33 a.m.

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Sure big government works well, I see Congress and the Senate out there working for us right?

wmarincic
September 30, 2012
9:36 a.m.

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Just like the Gazette got rid of all of the negative comments about its story on the Police, that is how big government works, if they dont like what you say, they silence you.

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