Saturday, September 27, 2008

Read their lips...

At least 20 City Council members have gone on record opposing Mayor Bloomberg's bid to rescind the 7% property tax cut in January, saying it would cause too much pain to middle-class homeowners.

20 in City Council oppose Mayor Bloomberg's bid to raise property tax

"Many people think that raising taxes is a given, but for many of us, raising taxes is a heavy lift on people we have gone back to year after year after year," said Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), who is working with Councilman Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) to round up opponents.

"You can't go back and tax homeowners," Felder said. "You can't do that until you try to cut a lot more and try to reinstate the commuter tax."

Bloomberg scoffed at the opposition Thursday, saying the money had to come from somewhere.

"They can come up with another revenue source; we're certainly happy to do it. They could, for example, say that their neighborhoods don't need any services," the mayor said.


Anonymous said...

Or they could decide that the $389.7 million taxpayer dollars already budgeted for the proposed redevelopment of Willets Point is a reasonable item to eliminate or reduce.

Anonymous said...

Ummm ... maybe they could cut back on subsizing developers?

Services for Taxpayers vs Subsidies for Developers

makes a nice theme for Crappie, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

Why? Developers probably pay more in taxes and contribute more to the economy than any of us. In a subsidized system (also known as a command economy), only the most powerful are going to successfully secure their subsidies. And because they contribute more, they feel they are owed more.

Logical, in its own twisted way. Because the system here is choking on entitlement. For a hard-edged, do-it-yourself image New York projects, we're some of the whininess when it comes to handouts. Everything from corporate kickbacks to union wages. Rent stabilization to sport stadiums.

We think we're "owed those things." And god forbid you try to take any one of them away -- we'll cry like fucking babies.

The idea is to do away wiht them altogether. For everyone. And make it illegal for legislatures to impose them ever again.