Letters to the Editor for Aug. 8
High taxes a good reason to abandon New York for Florida
The Aug. 2 letter [“Family to high-tax N.Y.: ‘We’re outta here!’] got me thinking about how right the person who wrote it was, as my wife and I feel the same way and also plan to leave the high-tax state of New York.
I also did a little checking just to compare the two states mentioned in the letter as far as taxes are concerned, and I thought maybe your readers would like to see what a vast difference there is between New York and Florida.
First New York does have a sales tax, which can vary from a low of 4 percent to a high of 9 percent, depending on what county you are in, whereas Florida has a tax of 6 percent — period.
Next, the gas tax: New York is 49 cents per gallon, while Florida is 16.6. Then I checked cigarette tax (I do not smoke, but feel for any smoker who lives in New York), which is only $4.35 per pack upstate but if you live in New York City you can add another $1.50 per pack to that for a total of $5.85 per pack — compared to 33.9 cents per pack in Florida!
New York’s state income tax is a low of 4 percent to a high of 8.97 percent, depending on your income; Florida has no state income tax. Property tax: Don’t even go there!
I can go on about the massive differences, but don’t want to totally ruin your day. Am I disgusted about the sad state of affairs in New York? You bet, and I am doing the same as the other writer and voting with my feet as I do not see any chance of it getting better.
So, to the rest of you who do stay and continue to pay higher and higher taxes each year, I say turn off the lights on your way out, and good luck!
Did county go for silver with its new buildings?
The Golub Corp. office building on Nott Street is a “green” building at the “gold” level, having met or exceeded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building standards at the second-highest level. Congratulations!
In April 2008 the county Legislature passed a resolution requiring that any county construction, with qualifications, meet or exceed LEED standards at the silver level, i.e., one level below gold.
I have asked if the county nursing home now under construction is intended to meet silver LEED standards. I wonder too if the addition to the county library qualifies for the silver LEED certification. So far, my written and verbal requests on the nursing home project have been ignored by Judith Dagostino, Legislature chairwoman.
I am not hopeful that the library addition has met the silver LEED certification standards, but also hope to be proven wrong — should anyone in the county choose to respond.
Elmer F. Bertsch
Strock right about most things, but not horses
I am a strong supporter of Carl Strock and greatly admire his intelligence, courage and wit in taking on important issues that generally are unpopular, but I believe him to be off-base regarding abuse of horses [July 22 Gazette]. I base my opinion on 31 years of owning a thoroughbred breeding and training farm in Stillwater.
With few exceptions, my experience in the industry has shown that the horses on breeding and training farms in New York are perhaps better fed, have better health care, and are more cared for and doted on than many children in our communities.
Of course, there will be exceptions, as there exceptions to everything. But generally speaking, it only makes sense when considering how hard farm work is that you must love the animals to make the sacrifices of this hard labor. It is only logical, too, that these animals receive the best nutrition and health care so that they are best able to compete successfully.
Keep up the good work, Carl Strock, but lay off the issue of horse abuse. I bet you won’t find a more hard-working and dedicated worker base — from stall mucker to veterinarian — anywhere.
Jill P. Michaels
No good reason to tear down Ballston Spa building
Re Aug. 1 article, “Building permit flap may force tear-down”: The building meets all codes and will add property tax revenue. Where is the common sense on the part of the village board?
Whether or not the builder erred intentionally or not, is not the question. The building meets code [according to the owner], is two-thirds finished, and will be soon added to the tax rolls.
I am sure some member of the village board saw the building during construction. Is there no more common sense in local government?
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