Month: October 2020

Guest column: County must provide fair share of sales tax

first_imgOne example of the difference between a Saratoga County town and a Schenectady County town can be found by looking at Malta, which has about half the population of Glenville, but gets twice the sales tax from its county.In Ballston, they actually get more sales tax revenue from Saratoga County than Glenville gets from Schenectady County, despite being only a third of Glenville’s size.  Worse, the inequitable agreement that this Legislature enacted in 2012 is for an unprecedented eight years and it extended two previous agreements that will have starved towns of any sales tax revenue growth for 16 years upon this coming expiration. Since 2004, the county’s growth in sales tax collection went up nearly 80 percent, from about $37 million to a 2018 projection of over $65 million.The county is estimating another $1.5 million in sales tax revenue next year, of which it will hoard $1.1 million of it and give the city of Schenectady about $193,000 and Metroplex $131,000.This share formula leaves Glenville with just $13,000 out of $1.5 million in new county sales tax revenue.  Worse still, much of the county’s sales tax growth is coming from towns like Glenville. We have worked hard to expand our economic activity to diversify our revenue streams and reduce the burden on the property tax payers. But the county’s “greed and feed” mentality leaves communities starving for the resources needed to sustain progress.It’s the local governments that bear the burden of the costs that are associated with growth, such as public safety, public works infrastructure and highway investments.Nonetheless, Schenectady County scarfs up the money to feed its growing spending habit, which can be seen in its massive increase of patronage jobs over the years.In fact, our county has 70,000 fewer people than Saratoga County, yet Schenectady County spends $20 million more in its budget. If Schenectady County shared with its municipalities at the rate of most other counties, towns could make the additional investments needed to sustain growth and eliminate part or all of the town tax.Now is the time for the county to reopen the sales tax agreement since, as most agree, the new casino created a “game changer” that wasn’t considered in the last agreement.Specifically, the casino’s impact money is stuffing $5 million of new cash into the city’s and county’s coffers. Another change that has occurred since the last agreement was enacted is the state-imposed property tax cap that limits communities’ ability to invest in infrastructure or capital projects. The only growth for most towns across the state must be in the sales tax revenue line, and Schenectady County towns do not get their fair share.   Categories: Editorial, OpinionSchenectady County does not share its sales tax fairly with the towns and it’s time to revisit the agreement that leaves municipalities underfunded across the county.Unlike sister communities, where the likely sales tax share with their municipalities is between 40 percent and 62 percent, Schenectady County shares a paltry 3.75 percent of all new sales tax generated.center_img Residents in this county has asked themselves why the taxes in Schenectady County are so high.The fact that the county hoards and spends all the new sales tax dollars is the reason and that leaves our communities short on resources.Legislators Jim Buhrmaster and Brian McGeary have demonstrated leadership on this issue and attempted to introduce a resolution calling on the Legislature to reopen discussions of the unfair formula. But the Democrat majority rejected the motion.The county legislators have the power to reopen this unfair agreement.Before you vote in November, perhaps you should ask where your county legislator stands on this important issue.Chris Koetzle is the supervisor of the town of Glenville.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesLocal movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barlast_img read more

Ad with mayor helps boost local economy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In defense of the recent ad with Mayor McCarthy, Billy Fuccillo and two show girls, I have to say this ad is an economics-driven ad with show girls used to draw your attention.Both the car dealer and casino are important economic generators, and if the show girls are so tasteless, I suggest you personally forgo visiting either place. But to publicly call out the mayor for contributing to our economy is disheartening.Mike FuscoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashlast_img

Far right is exposed by airing its views

first_imgThe far right speaks through many voices, and I’m glad your paper publishes their letters. Please continue to expose this virus on American values.Most recently is the pro-Trump Jan. 4 letter by Gerard Havasy. In it he lauds Supreme Leader Trump as if he were the great unifier, not the brutal quasi-dictator he has turned out to be.In one sentence, Mr. Havasy endorses the defunding of Planned Parenthood, an essential health care service for women that does much more than offer abortion services. In another, he applauds federal deregulation, which will ultimately cause the deaths of those same people by eliminating protections to our environment and public health. He calls The Gazette an agent of a Nazi regime, like Goebbels, but fails to see the much clearer parallels between Trump’s panning of any person, agency or media outlet that disagrees with him, filtered through the true Goebbels-like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who spews lie after lie while never cracking.The biggest hypocritical moment of Mr. Havasy’s diatribe is his lamenting of name calling. Is he serious? Because he needs to wake up and acknowledge our “Name caller in Chief” — the 7-year-old boy-man that currently resides in the White House as the biggest offender of all.Most Americans are centrists,and this white, alt-right approach to governing our country is too much for the majority of us.We will show it in the mid-term elections this fall.Michael WinnSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

RICS is looking into the future

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Council makes room for hotel

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Two years on, and industrial finally gets its day in the sun

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Trump scoffs at ‘Parasite’s’ Oscar win

first_img“Parasite,” a dark comedy exploring class divides, made history by becoming the first non-English-language film to win Hollywood’s biggest annual prize.Saying “was it good? I don’t know,” Trump seemed to indicate he had not watched the film.Trump, whose presidency has been built on a nationalist “America first” slogan, said it was time to bring back classics from Hollywood’s golden age.”Let’s get ‘Gone With the Wind.’ Can we get ‘Gone With the Wind’ back please? ‘Sunset Boulevard?'” he said.Trump also took a crack at Best Supporting Actor winner Brad Pitt, calling him “a little wise guy.” Pitt used his award acceptance speech to support the impeachment of Trump.Topics : President Donald Trump on Thursday scorned the best picture Oscar for South Korean film “Parasite,” asking how a foreign movie could get the honor.”How bad was the Academy Awards this year?” Trump asked the crowd at a packed reelection campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado.”We got enough problems with South Korea, with trade. On top of it, they give them the best movie of the year?” Trump asked in disbelief.Trump criticized the Oscars for awarding Parasite Best Picture.”What the hell was that all about? We’ve got enough problems with South Korea with trade.” pic.twitter.com/02xJ61rfqj— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 21, 2020last_img read more

Toll rises to 19 from violence in Indian capital: Hospital official

first_imgAt least 19 people have been killed in the Indian capital during clashes between opposing protesters over a new citizenship law, a senior hospital official told Reuters on Wednesday, even as an eerie calm descended on some riot-torn areas of New Delhi.”There are 15 patients in critical condition,” the hospital official from the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital told Reuters, adding that a total of 19 people had now died at the facility. Police used tear gas and smoke grenades, but struggled to disperse stone-throwing crowds.The clashes, which coincided with a visit to India by U.S. President Donald Trump, erupted early this week between thousands demonstrating for and against the new citizenship law introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist led government. Critics say the law is biased against Muslims and undermines India’s secular constitution. Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMJakarta’s island starts housing evacuees from World Dream cruise ship

first_imgTopics : Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Jakarta-administration Thousand-Islands-regency island Sebaru-Island-Jakarta COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak Hong-Kong Log in with your social account Once little-known among the cluster of Jakarta’s Thousands Islands regency, all eyes are now on Sebaru Kecil Island because of the government’s decision to turn the uninhabited islet into an observation center for evacuees from the World Dream cruise ship.All 188 Indonesian citizens who were rescued from the cruise ship arrived on the island on Friday afternoon.They are to be put under observation for 14 days on the island, which has been prepped with medical and observation facilities to prevent the spread of the global COVID-19 coronavirus into Indonesia.KRI Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Dr. Soeharso transported Indonesian citizen ABK World Dream to be observed on Sebaru Kecil Island, Thousand Islands, Jakarta, Friday (2/28/2020). (Antara/ Akbar Nugroho Gumay)The World Dream crew members had already tested negative for the virus during their quarantine in Hong K… Google Linkedinlast_img read more

Dutch minister self-isolates after meeting RI transport minister during royal visit

first_imgHowever, she would not attend the parliamentary debates as health authorities have instructed, as reported on Saturday by the online edition of Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad, AD.nl .Van Nieuwenhuizen met with Budi on March 11, when the two ministers signed a cooperation statement on transportation and human resource capacity-building in the transportation sector.“I feel fine. But I will comply with the advice given by RIVM,” she said on Dutch broadcast media RTL Nieuws, referring to the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.The minister’s spokesperson has said that she would not be tested for COVID-19, as she was not experiencing any symptoms. The 56-year-old minister came to Jakarta last week during the four-day state visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.The Dutch delegation also included other ministers, including Foreign Minister Stef Blok.Blok had earlier been in the news after meeting with a delegation from Iran – one of the countries hardest hit by a COVID-19 outbreak. The Dutch media spotlighted the meeting upon learning that the Iranian delegation was believed to have had contact Blok’s his driver, who later tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.However, Blok’s spokesperson said that the minister would continue to work as usual and claimed he did not need to be tested for COVID-19.By Sunday, the Netherlands had recorded 959 confirmed cases, including two cases that had recovered and 12 deaths.Other high-ranking state officials who have contracted the virus around the world include Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, French Minister of Culture Franck Riester and UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Nadine Dorries. (asp) Topics :center_img The Netherlands Infrastructure and Water Management Minister, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, has announced that she will be working from home for two weeks after her official visit to Indonesia last week, during which she met with Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.The government announced on Saturday that Budi had tested positive for COVID-19 and is now being treated at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Jakarta.Van Nieuwenhuizen said in a statement that she would continue to perform her duties from home until March 24, during which time she would still be available to receive phone calls and emails.last_img read more