Legislature screws taxpayers for jail $$$$$

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fed up taxpayer

New York, NY

#1 Apr 4, 2013
Herkimer County set to extend sales tax to pay for new jail

Story Created: Apr 3, 2013 at 6:54 PM EDT

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

HERKIMER, N.Y.(WKTV)- The Herkimer County Legislature is requesting an extension on the county's sales tax to help pay for the construction of a new jail. The state legislature will have to sign off on the measure. It will extend the 1 1/4 % sales tax that's currently in place for another 2 years. 1/4 of a percent will go specifically to funding the construction of a new jail.

Chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature Vincent Bono says the county has already set aside over $12 million for the jail construction project with the sales tax combined with tobacco settlement money. By extending this tax, he estimates to have almost half of the estimated $33 - 35 million project paid for by the end of the year, with the burden not just on property owners.

"Everybody pays for it this way, not just the property tax payer," said Chairman Bono. "This allows outsiders whether you stop on the Thruway or come in outside the state to vacation here, they're helping pay for the new jail."

The additional sales tax is something not all legislators agree with. 3 legislators opposed the measure.

"That takes as one of the legislatures says $4,600 dollars a day out of the local economy," said Helen Rose. "That could well be out there stimulating the economy and we're saving for a jail that is oversized."
Legislator Rose thinks instead, the county should re-look at the size of the construction project before taking any additional money out of the local economy.

The total sales tax for the county stands at 8 1/4 % with New York State sales tax is at 4 %, Herkimer County sales tax at 4 % with 1/4 % designated specifically for jail construction.

Even though the majority of Herkimer County legislators have approved the building of a new jail, constructions currently at a stand still, delayed with the Village of Herkimer trying to change zoning to prevent the jail's construction. The next trial is planned for September.
sinking ship

New York, NY

#2 Apr 4, 2013
fed up taxpayer wrote:
It will extend the 1 1/4 % sales tax that's currently in place for another 2 years.
saw that and apparently WKTV can't employ an editor. The additional sales tax that was added on, and subsequently extended is only 1/4% not 1 1/4 as WKTV shows it. Prior to that, we were paying 8%(4% NYS, 4% HC).

Next question, since they've been supposedly setting this money aside for a jail since I believe December 2008, how much is actually accounted for and set aside for the jail? Perhaps this legislature needs to be a bit more forthcoming with that info. Then lets have an accurate accounting of all the money spent on studies (which are now outdated and wasted), lawsuits, etc, associated with this jail. You will come to find out friends of friends have been making out off this slush fund all in the name of a jail they've been planning on building for 15 years now.

Its time the State says no on extending the sales tax for the jail fund and it is also time the NYS Commission of Corrections shuts down the jail and force these clowns to make the decisions they seem reluctant to.
mark

Cold Brook, NY

#3 Apr 4, 2013
you fools voted for this trash drunks
question

Little Falls, NY

#4 Apr 4, 2013
Is our county still in the black?
golfer goopher

Herkimer, NY

#5 Apr 4, 2013
question wrote:
Is our county still in the black?
That is such a lame remark. How black should it be? They take care of their own and spend on foolish things. They give the golden parachute to losers like the Doctor in Public Health and then pay him thousands to just show up at the jail and do nothing. They protect their buddies and free health insurance and pension padding.Just because they are in the black doesn't mean they are wise planners/managers. it just means they are over taxing us!
more like woodchuck

Little Falls, NY

#6 Apr 5, 2013
golfer goopher wrote:
<quoted text> That is such a lame remark. How black should it be? They take care of their own and spend on foolish things. They give the golden parachute to losers like the Doctor in Public Health and then pay him thousands to just show up at the jail and do nothing. They protect their buddies and free health insurance and pension padding.Just because they are in the black doesn't mean they are wise planners/managers. it just means they are over taxing us!
Noooo...Wise planners/managers would have us in the red.

Living in Herkimer, the last tax I'm bitching about is the piddley county tax.
cuba cracker

Liverpool, NY

#7 Apr 5, 2013
question wrote:
Is our county still in the black?
yes look at hccc
Cuba cracker

New York, NY

#8 Apr 5, 2013
cuba cracker wrote:
<quoted text>yes look at hccc
Boorish. Exactly the kind of child's play we have seen from you time and again. Can't hide behind your own posting name that you use someone else's while spewing your racist crap.

Quite sure your daughter knows too well how black the college is. Makes you proud, doesn't it.....
friends of the merge

Liverpool, NY

#9 Apr 5, 2013
hahahha
ur such a loser thnking you know who i am.. if i was avery like you think i am come visit or stfu douche before i pound you into the ground
Cuba cracker

New York, NY

#10 Apr 5, 2013
friends of the merge wrote:
hahahha
ur such a loser thnking you know who i am.. if i was avery like you think i am come visit or stfu douche before i pound you into the ground
Guz.

shall your full name and address go up next?
friends of the merge

Liverpool, NY

#11 Apr 5, 2013
u dont have the balls troll now gfu mother
Cuba cracker

New York, NY

#12 Apr 5, 2013
friends of the merge wrote:
u dont have the balls troll now gfu mother
How is Emily doing by the way? Graduating this year?
friends of the merge

Liverpool, NY

#13 Apr 5, 2013
like i said no balls, ull have to ge lessons from balls vinnie u dcik
ladies ladies

Little Falls, NY

#14 Apr 5, 2013
let's calm down.

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