As I Say

It’s a bit tiring to point out the obvious hypocrisy day-in-day-out but sometimes you just have to. Today’s installment centers on the outcry from the Board of Supervisors at the tax rate increase in the City of Amsterdam and its impact on the local economy. You can see the salient post here.
Here’s a curious thing if you look at the voting record of the County Supervisors, most of whom rail against any tax increase — as long as it not their own– they unanimously continue to support an additional 1% sales tax for Montgomery County with the blessing of the State Legislature. If you look at the adopted resolution below, each and every supervisor voted ‘Aye’ to continue the 1% surcharge. And by the way, the extension of the surcharge goes through November 2013.
So you see kids, the message is clear: do as I say, never mind what I do.
Methinks a petition is in order to rail against this tax increase. Oh, never mind, silly me, supervisors don’t demagogue petition themselves, they merely author petitions against other politicians municipalities. Apparently when other municipalities raise taxes the supervisors must perceive it as an invasion of turf and hence take great offense to the intrusion.
Here is the resolution so you can marry the rhetoric with the record. (The red highlight is my emphasis).
RESOLUTION RECOMMENDING THE STATE LEGISLATURE PASS BILL A.5970 AND S.3769 WHICH WOULD REAUTHORIZE LEGISLATION RELATIVE TO SALES TAX IN THE COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY (BOARD OF SUPERVISORS)


Resolution by Supervisor:StrevySeconded by:Barone, Sr.


WHEREAS, in 2003 the NYS Legislature empowered the County of Montgomery to raise an additional 1% sales tax, and

WHEREAS, such authorization is due to expire November 30, 2011, and
WHEREAS, this additional sales tax revenue has been critical to the fiscal well-being of Montgomery County, and
WHEREAS, the New York Legislature has drafted legislation A.5970 and S.3769 which would amend such sections of the NYS Tax Law to reauthorize the additional 1% sales tax through November 30, 2013,
RESOLVED, that the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors hereby supports and advocates for the passage of A.5970 and S.3769 by the NYS Legislature.
RESOLUTION ADOPTED with Aye(1868). (5/24/2011)


County Attorney


cc:County Treasurer
County Clerk
Senator Hugh Farley
Assemblyman George Amedore, Jr.

Voting Record
Allen(R)Yes143
Baia(R)Yes137
Barone, Sr.(R)Yes139
Coddington(R)Yes84
DiMezza(D)Yes219
Greco(R)Yes139
Johnson(D)Yes137
Quackenbush(R)Yes158
Rajkowski(R)Yes147
Stagliano(D)Yes96
Strevy(R)Yes103
Sweet(R)Yes115
Thayer(R)Yes66
Walters(R)Yes49
Wheeler(R)Yes136
STATE OF NEW YORK County of Montgomery ss.:      This is to certify that I, the Undersigned, Clerk Of The Board of Supervisors of the County of Montgomery, have compared the foregoing copy of resolution with the original resolution now on file in the office, and which was passed by the Board of Supervisors of said County on the 24th day of May, 2011, a majority of all the members elected to the Board voting in favor therof, and that the same is a correct and true transcript of such original resolution and of the whole thereof.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand and the official seal of the Board of Supervisors this 25th day of May, 2011.
Totals:Aye:1868
Nay:0
Abstained:0
Absent:

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