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Some frustrated over Schenectady taxes

Rebecca Lugthart and her husband, Keith, stand on the porch of their Schenectady home sending a message to Mayor McCarthy and the City Council about the proposed tax increase Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Rebecca Lugthart and her husband, Keith, stand on the porch of their Schenectady home sending a message to Mayor McCarthy and the City Council about the proposed tax increase Tuesday.
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If someone asked Rebecca Lugthart seven years ago where she would spend the rest of her life, she wouldn’t hesitate to answer: Schenectady.

It’s where she first settled after college. It’s where she spent nearly two decades working with inner city youth. And in 2005, it’s where she decided to purchase a home — the Baker Street home she once described as “one of the eggs in my retirement basket.”

Yet last week, the ...

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patricca
October 10, 2012
5:48 a.m.

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I moved out of Schen'y and the state of NY 2 months ago because taxes are just too high. Sometimes, voting with your feet is the only way to get relief. Now, I pay %1 of property value in taxes and my government services are better than ever! NY governments will not listen to you until it's too late!

poupore
October 10, 2012
10:40 a.m.

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I know of at least two couples who moved out of Schenectady in the last three years due to the ever-increasing taxes. I know another couple currently looking to sell and move out. These were all gainfully employed, tax-paying, homeowner families the exact type of people that Schenectady is trying to attract. Until the local elected officials figure out how to fix their budgetary issues without raising taxes, there's simply no hope. You can't dig your way out of a hole, and you can't tax your way out of a budget crisis. Until you fix the underlying problems you're just putting a bandaid on the wound.

jlgnews
October 10, 2012
11:06 a.m.

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It's not just the City. The county is just as bad. I've been trying to sell a 4 acre lot in Glenville for 3 years. We're actually willing to take a loss to get out from under it. We also have a 7 area parcel in Saratoga county. The taxes on the lot in Sch'dy county are almost $1000/year. They're just over $300 in Saratoga County for almost twice the amount of land! I grew up in the City and feel bad about all of the bad press & reputation but why would anyone buy in Sch'dy with the strangling taxes?

nausetmom
October 10, 2012
1:51 p.m.

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I hope this couple moves out of Schenectady County and not just out of the city..I tried to move out of Schenectady County years ago..because back than I saw the writing on the wall...consolidation of services is the way for Schenectady county to go..eliminates lots of police, highway, etc.

darrosie@msn.com
October 10, 2012
6:09 p.m.

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With what we pay in taxes in Schenectady, we could actually own a beautiful home on the water in Long Island. The taxes are much less than Schenectady. I am talking a beautiful area on Long Island. Unbelievable what we have been paying in taxes, for years. Even if You are over 62 or 65 You still pay the same in taxes. What's wrong with that picture...

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