Tagged: amsterdam ny taxes

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Kabuki

And the farce of a parody of a myth of a fantasy performed as kabuki , aka “shared services”, lumbers along:  Alderwomen Julie Pierce and Gina DeRossi of the 2nd and 3rd Wards, respectively, are co-chairs of the city’s Shared Services Committee, though they have...

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Cognitive Dissonance — Part B

Compliments of Dan Weaver at Upstream & Downtown , the Chamber of Commerce sends a letter: Our elected officials need to seriously consider the detrimental impact this will have on an already struggling business community. The City of Amsterdam has touted their support of business...

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Cognitive Dissonance Advisory

With the debate surrounding the county budget, the following advisory is in effect for listeners and readers for the foreseeable future: — We must rail against not-for-profits as sucking money from our pockets via lost tax dollars unless, of course, it is a non-profit with...

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Tax Hike

Proof positive that demolition costs hard dollars and hence raises taxes: Even before the Brookside Avenue property became the city’s unbudgeted expense, the council has debated how much funding to allocate toward demolition. There was an original $200,000 request in the $1 million total capital...

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Hosed

Not utterly surprising but with the sales tax news getting worse(here) and the drop of sales tax increase (here) means one thing: property taxes taking a significant hike. And let me see if I can get this straight from the story (here) on graffiti: the...

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Reflections on 9%

I’m somewhat baffled at some of the reactions to the proposed 9% sales tax rate for Montgomery County. Do we really think that a viable option is to simply not fund mandated programs? I think the term ‘mandate’ has a very specific meaning; we can’t...