I read about how Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry is proposing a 2 percent cut in the town’s property tax in the 2018 budget. He claims the town will only spend $11,000 more than the current budget, as opposed to the $500,000 increase between 2016/17. Interesting. Joe claims it’s all because of better financial planning and “prudent budgeting.”
What is different from 2016/17 to this year’s budget? The supervisor is the same. The town board is the same. The town’s comptroller is the same. What is different that helped make the spending go from $500,000 extra to just $11,000 over last year’s budget? How come Joe and his crew didn’t use better financial planning and prudent budgeting to help keep the taxes down last year, or the year before that? What is different this year? Wait. Could it be that Joe is up for re-election this year? Is that what is different for this year’s budget process? Very interesting.
Joe Landry appears to think he can get votes with a 7-cent per $1,000 reduction in taxes for one year. The claim is a homeowner with a $270,000 home will save $19 in town property tax. Does Joe Landry really think he’s going to get votes with this election-year smoke-and-mirrors budget. You can’t buy votes with a 7-cents per $1,0000 pretend election-year tax cut. The smart voters in Niskayuna aren’t fooled by the $19 reduction. Joe has to go.
S. F. Fiminski, Jr.