Schenectady

Towns, city deserve fair share of sales tax

County is hoarding sales tax revenues
PHOTOGRAPHER:

 

As a former Schenectady city councilman and county legislator, I can speak from experience regarding the need for our elected city, town and county officials to fight for the people who elect them into office.

There’s a real issue this election that the Schenectady County Legislature has truly hoarded a disproportionate share of the sales tax dollars and is shortchanging every town and the city of Schenectady.

Every legislator up for election this year has failed the people who have voted them into office with the exception of Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle and Councilman Jim Martin — they’re the only ones speaking up. And if we want our fair share, we need to have a clean sweep of the career politicians, especially those who are double-dipping from public dollars on the county payroll.

In 2004, Schenectady County sales tax revenues were approximately $48 millio. Since then, these revenues have grown to approximately $98 million. Niskayuna, Glenville, Rotterdam and the city’s share have practically remained stagnant, while these revenues have more than doubled. The bottom line is every local portion of your property tax bill could be reduced by up to 50 percent.

Do you want your fair share? Vote Row B and send a message that we are mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore.

Peter Guidarelli

Schenectady

Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

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