Interesting chats on today’s article about Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef’s proposal to give property tax scofflaws a longer period to pay off their debt (three years vs. the current two), and allow them to make a smaller downpayment (5 percent vs. the current 20 percent).
Most commenting on the story weren’t attacking the specific idea, but pointing out that people are struggling to pay ever-increasing property taxes. (A recent editorial, “Help to homeowners,” noted that Vanderhoef’s plan “… won’t get at all of a troubled homeowner’s problems, but it will help. “) And, you guessed it, forum posters pointed out that the county executive’s 2009 proposed budget includes a 9.85 percent property tax increase. In Rockland, the county’s share of a property tax bill is relatively small (about 6 percent) with the lion’s share going to school districts, as well as town/village costs. Yet forum posters found irony in pushing to give property taxpayers more time to pay a tax bill while raising their tax bill.
As one poster said: …”(raise) the taxes to the point people cant afford to pay them. Then give us more time to pay them back. Lets try this, lower the taxes and cut spending. This way the taxes will be lower and everyone can pay them.”
Or, as another said, “I can’t see the forest ! These darn trees are blocking my view!!!”