You read that right:
New Hartford Town Taxes in New York Mills are going up not the 54% reported by the O-D, but 800%.
To those poor souls (and you WILL be poor after this is over) who live in the NH section of NYM, your town tax rate for next year, unless there are more cuts, will be $1.22 per thousand vs. the $0.15 per thousand you paid this year.
It's my understanding that Ms. Krupa will be holding public meetings on this soon.
Frankly, this is one affected person who WILL NOT attend. I've done my share of circulating petitions, going to Town Board meetings, participating in advisory groups . . . and it has been a waste of time because when it comes time to vote, NYM residents vote for their friend or neighbor or party or the person whose ethnic ancestry matches theirs rather than on where the candidate stands on ISSUES.
Perhaps this is because NYM residents -- and residents of this entire area -- don't really understand the issues. This could be because they are too busy working trying to make ends meet -- or because they mistakenly rely on the Observer-Dispatch's framing of the issues. Whatever the reason, they need to wake up, make it their business to understand what is happening, and make themselves heard . . . en masse. And for that to happen . . .
Things need to really hurt.