To the Editor,
The first thing Supervisor Peter Parsons did after being elected was to inflict the prospect of a tree law upon the hapless community of survivors of the Great Recession, still battered by foreclosures, high unemployment and a steady loss of people who could no longer afford the high property taxes.
Just before Sandy struck, Mr. Parsons then proposed a whopping 17 percent property tax increase, exceeding the 2 percent property tax cap much ballyhooed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Now that Sandy’s destructive path has exposed the foolishness of forcing the homeowners to preserve all trees at all costs, Mr. Parsons’ astronomical tax increase looks outright ill-advised to homeowners facing hurricane-related repair bills and higher unemployment prospects.
A hearing on the budget is Monday night at 7:30 PM. Raising taxes is always easier than making sometimes difficult decisions, but our declining home values illustrate how this does not work anymore. Hopefully the Town Board will show some backbone and reject this unneeded tax increase coming at a most inopportune time.
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