Letter To Editor of Greece Post:
Finance Director Paul Holahan’s recent letter to the editor, “2016 town budget...” (GP 12/10) was a welcome addition to public discussion. I hope he continues.
Readers may also recall another pertinent essay by Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Board (GP 11/12). Their headline read, “The 2016 proposed budget – No tax increase for residents”.
Tax bills (2016
and County...) have now arrived and the record is clear – taxes collected in
will be up. The bill shows a
total levy of $32.1 million... up 1.0% (Col 4). Looking back, there’s a
discrepancy/omission. If it’s true the Town collects an additional $320,000
dollars and residents pay ‘no increase’, then who
Two years ago, I recall a political slogan/commitment, “...to take a good town and make it great once again”. Spinning ‘no increase’ in November was a step backwards - NOT GOOD. Increasing the budget 1%, no small fete in tough times - could be GOOD. But, not explaining the increase with verifiable facts... including who pays was a missed step toward GREATNESS!
The public deserves clear, concise, and accurate facts on taxes.