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SHOULD TAX EXEMPT PROPERTIES BE CHARGED FOR SANITATION SERVICES?
Release Date: December 21, 2011

SHOULD TAX EXEMPT PROPERTIES BE CHARGED FOR SANITATION SERVICES?

Not for profit properties are exempt from property taxes. Some communities in the region have created a separate enterprise fund and charge everyone a fee for sanitation services. The comptroller, Bart Talamani, has been looking into this concept for some time. If we collect a fee for sanitation services (instead of a tax), tax exempt properties would be charged for sanitation services--revenue that would keep your taxes down. 

We are currently researching the number of tax exempts in town and are trying to determine the additional revenue that  we would receive if this initiative is approved. An enterprise fund would also provide residents and businesses with choices: possible competition down the road. Residents and businesses would be able to easily compare the cost of our sanitation services to the private sector.

What do you think?  The property tax cap, which the NYS Legislature and Governor approved earlier this year, should motivate all officials to think out of the box --to look for new ways to manage government. 

PAUL FEINER

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