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Use Metroplex funds to create jobs, lower taxes

Mark Wilson/For The Sunday Gazette
Mark Wilson/For The Sunday Gazette
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Should Schenectady city residents feel lucky, nay, grateful that their property taxes are proposed to increase only 4.18 percent instead of a potential 22 percent as indicated in next year’s budget proposal? Well, if you read Mayor McCarthy’s executive summary, you would have thought that residents are the beneficiaries of some extraordinary budgeting. Let’s look at the facts, though. Yes, the proposed budget keeps the total property tax levy under the state-mandated 2 percent cap. ...

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October 28, 2012
12:58 a.m.

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RC, lets democratize Metroplex. Taxation Without Representation? No Thanks. The Metroplex should be elected. Do government authorities function better when they cannot be held accountable? When they review plans and select bids behind closed doors do they make make decisions that optimize the interests of the people? Do they spend regressively raised tax dollars more efficiently when they are not held accountable? Clearly not the optimal structure. Elect Metroplex

October 28, 2012
10:44 a.m.

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Eliminate Metroplex and send these criminals packing......they have taken our money and helped themselves for way too long....they are not an entity to create jobs...and they will never be able to create a lower tax base....that is not their purpose and they are not the solution, in any way shape or form....the only way to get rid of them is to get rid of the corrupt political supporters we have touting their success. Not one of these Pilot programs, grant funded projects has lowered our city's tax base, and it never will...It is like building one big movie set...a big facade with nothing behind it, and it is all ready to fall down at any moment.