Tagged: amsterdam ny taxes

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...