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Old 05-30-2010, 12:09 AM
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Interesting thread, Great article on Westchester taxes, over at the Westchester forum, with a link to an article, "Why Are Our Taxes So #%*! High?", in Westchester Magazine (as well as a nasty comment about Suffolk County).
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:54 AM
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Nothing personal, but I'd rather pay taxes and get teachers, cops and firemen.
Three things I guess Suffolk isn't know for.

Something to keep in mind is that a couple of things other than expenses by our schools and town government affect our tax bills. While the property tax represents the largest single source of their funding, it’s only slightly more than half. If there is a cutback in state aid (highly likely these days) or sales tax receipts fall off (you heard about the recession, right?), the shortfall is made up on our property tax bill.
This is where NY state government doesn't get it. If I have a reduction in income I cut back my spending, if NYS government doesn't have the income they jack up the taxes which then leave them high. Why not bring spending in line with current income instead of sticking it to the residents?

Not tooting VA's horn, but here's a recent interview with our Governor McDonnell, who I'm sure many a state worker was cursing on Friday.
The State of the States: Virginia's Governor Weighs In
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