Sunday, April 17, 2011

Long Island Property Taxes, starting to get sick

Looks like its time for our favorite Long Island school districts to start raising out property taxes as they are not enough to begin with. Now this year they are proposing some very steep increases. Not sure how successful they are going to be as it all depends on residents to vote for it anyway.

When i talk about property taxes in Long Island i have never come across anyone who said they are happy with it. Some will give you reasons such as we have some of the best public schools in the country. But as i say it money is important and we need to spend money to get the best teachers and other facilities but are we using the money the right way or just wasting it. Can we achieve the same results with little less money. do we really need to pay as much benefits, salary,pension etc to retain or hire the best educators ? Do you really think we can't get highly skilled people to teach for much less cost ? And why is when we say school district budget is cut that we have to cut teachers and based on who was hired last. Why can't we just have everyone agree to less salary so we don't have to drop teachers.

In good economic times we have no issue paying higher taxes as we get salary increases too. But these days it seems like tax payers need to get screwed anyway. They don't get pay raise or sometime pay freeze in private sector and then the state or county see less money in their coffers. So what they do is hurt us little more  by raising taxes. If private sector needs to adjust to today's economic conditions then why not the public sector do that too. I am not against unions if we don't have unions then we will be screwed anyway as there will be no bargaining power. But then who are these people who agree to these illogical terms with union heads. I just heard Central Islip district needs to layoff teachers but still needs to pay 9% salary increase. Now who wrote these contracts why are they not relative to inflation.

I thinks its time for people to rise up against this injustice and vote NO for tax increases. I would rather have the property tax cap 2% passed. This tax increase is not a one time solution just like our national debt we are moving towards a black hole with no return. We will keep paying more taxes each year and as well lose teachers. Even when we will have fired all teachers and have no school for our kids to go and get education we will be on the hook for paying school taxes anyway.

They need to cut cost. They can't say we can't get great people if we don't give them good pay.  I am telling you that they do get good salary and benefits for the work they do. Try applying for teaching job and you will know how difficult it is to get one. Salary should be based on supply and demand with so many people unemployed i don't see how can we accommodate raising salaries for our school district staff.

Some helpful links to read and decide. Its time to voice you opinion ...

Bogus propaganda by Sachem Feb 10, 2011

Now on Apr 14, 2011

See what Central Islip is doing Apr 13, 2011
More than 85 Central Islip school employees -- the majority of them teachers -- would be laid off next year under the district's proposed budget, while the average teacher salary will rise by 9 percent, district officials said.

Tax increases this year Apr 17, 2011

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Long Island Property taxes most important issue, say LIers

No surprise here ! To stop this ridiculous rise in property taxes we have to educate our fellow LIers and contact your representative that they should demand Speaker Silver respond to the pleas of homeowners across the state and support a property tax cap in New York. It has already passed the senate but is being stalled in the Assembly by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Also this year we are seeing some enormous rise in property taxes in school districts such as
William Floyd 12.47% and Seaford 8.99%. Some school districts such as Middle country is resorting to blackmailing its residents. The deal for districts residents is either approved a 6.68% increase or the district is going to force 21.61% increase in tax levy.

Published by THOMAS MAIER at Newsday

By a wide margin, property taxes are the most important issue facing Long Islanders, according to a Newsday / News 12 Long Island / Siena Research Institute Poll. Property taxes were cited overall by 45 percent of respondents, more than twice the 21 percent who cited "availability of good jobs" as the second most pressing issue for Long Islanders. "Property taxes are really an issue here because it keeps the young people from staying on Long Island and it will prevent the older people from staying, too," Tafuri explained.

Property taxes also are a large part of why the 57 percent of those polled said Long Islanders are headed in the "wrong direction" rather than the "right track" in the poll. A similar margin said New York State was headed in the wrong direction as well.

Property taxes are a particularly raw issue in Nassau County, where 53 percent cited them as the biggest issue, compared to 36 percent in Suffolk. Islandwide, Republicans and people 55 years or older complained about property taxes the most. "The Democrats love to spend money and they have to get it from the taxpayers," said one poll respondent, a retired Republican who lives on Nassau County's South Shore.

School costs - the biggest part of property tax bills - were also on the minds of Long Islanders who cited "the quality of public schools" among their top concerns. "The first thing I would do is eliminate tenure for teachers in public schools to cut costs," said another poll respondent, a 50-year-old Garden City man who is a Republican and who did not want to give his name. Although he was happy that his two children attending local schools got a good education there, he said his family's property tax bill has been overwhelming.

Property taxes hit a chord with all respondents, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, location or party affiliation. In addition to identifying the most important issue, the poll underlined the intensity of Long Islanders' general feelings about property taxes, with 86 percent calling the issue "very important" and 11 percent as "somewhat important." Crime, schools, good jobs and health care also received strong reactions, with traffic congestion and the local environment getting milder reactions.