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Old 05-29-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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Good info especially for people contemplating a move from another county or state:

Why Are Our Taxes So #%*! High? - Westchester Magazine - June 2010 - Westchester, NY
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Old 05-29-2010, 06:09 PM
 
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Just wondering...Are there ways for Westchester residents to get the most out of their tax dollars? For example, can those who have children avail of free / low-cost music/art/science lessons? What are other currently-available ways to extend the value of taxes paid.

I'm not a resident so I wouldn't know.
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:11 PM
 
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an alternative is to cut taxes, services, then wind up like Suffolk County -- rampant crime and horrific schools.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:27 PM
 
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Yes, I agree, it is a great article.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:30 PM
 
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an alternative is to cut taxes, services, then wind up like Suffolk County -- rampant crime and horrific schools.
NICE.

What you don't know about Suffolk County is a lot.
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:29 AM
 
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an alternative is to cut taxes, services, then wind up like Suffolk County -- rampant crime and horrific schools.
Pardon me, but your ignorance is showing
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Old 05-30-2010, 04:58 AM
 
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Pardon me, but your ignorance is showing
I can leave a GPS in my car in Westchester. In Suffolk you have to wipe the suction cup marks off the windows, otherwise you have to drive back to Westchester sitting in a mixture of glass and rain.

How's that gang problem in Suffolk?

Nothing personal, but I'd rather pay taxes and get teachers, cops and firemen.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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Great article! Thanks Cali-to-NJ. Tax is high because our schools teachers and management are paid ridiculously high given their three to four months vacations each year and fat retirement benefits. It almost matches up to Wall Street on a hourly rate basis! I am not talking about a new teacher with $50-70K annual rate. I am referring to those older teachers and principles who get paid $130 to 200k a year. Does that lead to good schools? No! The comps between a scarsdale school teacher vs. an ossining school teacher probably are not much different. But you get a totally different school reputation and scores. Let along compare them to Darien, Ridgefield or Redding schools, where tax is 7-8000 and schools are top notch! The culprit is the public service union. But I really don't think current or future governer will and are able to do anything to disolve the union....too powerful. Maybe when the average property tax reaches to $40k/yr, something will be done then. For people who don't have enough financial resources to live here or don't have some sort of tax shelters like lots of rich people do here, move to CT would be the best choice. For people like us who cannot move there due to job locations but don't have enough resources to cushion the ever increasing salary of teachers and county management and cannot set up a tax shelter due to we both work for c corporations --- tighten the belt!
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:17 PM
 
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I can leave a GPS in my car in Westchester. In Suffolk you have to wipe the suction cup marks off the windows, otherwise you have to drive back to Westchester sitting in a mixture of glass and rain.

How's that gang problem in Suffolk?

Nothing personal, but I'd rather pay taxes and get teachers, cops and firemen.
Is this a joke...lol. Ummm...I like Westchester a lot, grandmother is still there and it is where my mother grew up, but I am sure to pull my GPS out of the car when parked in Greenburgh, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, White Plains, etc. So you read one article about a gang issue in one of the 50+ towns in Suffolk I guess....
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:21 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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I can leave a GPS in my car in Westchester. In Suffolk you have to wipe the suction cup marks off the windows, otherwise you have to drive back to Westchester sitting in a mixture of glass and rain.

How's that gang problem in Suffolk?

Nothing personal, but I'd rather pay taxes and get teachers, cops and firemen.
I live in Suffolk now and grew up in Westchester.

The only time I had had to deal with a smash n grab out of my car, was in Westchester...
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