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Meals tax on the plate of Pittsfield City Council

There are 40 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from May 18, 2010, titled Meals tax on the plate of Pittsfield City Council. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

The City Council will begin chewing over a local meals tax option that could boost local coffers and offset the drop in state aid to Pittsfield.

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Dave Casey

Adams, MA

#1 May 19, 2010
Blah , Blah, Blah-"as a way to raise revene WITHOUT raising property taxes". Jimmy your JOKE ,I.ll bet you 100$ bucks you raise them. And Lee "an opportuity to pick up a few bucks" you 'double dipper".you were a useless Chief that let drugs get a foot hold in this city on your watch! And Capitanio you do just what Jimmy tells you. Little by little their Nickle & diming us ! lets see , we got Barrett, we,ll see money (right) in 2011 from the million to the Beacon,--hand-outs to Cranes & Shaker (whos in line next((haddad????) OH a Million to the airport with 48,000 landings (Right)-that hasn,t turned a profit !!!Pittsfield,s like Atlantic City ---you get block off the main drive and you don,t want to walk around at night. Oh we,ll have the famous 3rd thurdays ---great. Thats the way every night was when WE HAD REAL BUSINESS,s HERE. Where are they Jimmy and Billy Hines after your 10+ years of landscaping on east st? The dinasours on the local,state, and federal levels NEED TO GO>
Spider

Clifton Park, NY

#2 May 19, 2010
In an earlier Eagle story a few weeks ago, it was mentioned that recently the meals tax had increased from 5 to 6.25 percent. And now Ruberto wants to add an additional .75. So we will go from 5 percent to 7.

While I am in favor of increasing the hotel/motel tax, I am FIRMLY AGAINST this meals tax. And others I have spoken with also feel the same way.

I can't imagine anyone in the restaurant business who would think this will help their business.
Taxachusetts

Burlington, MA

#3 May 19, 2010
They should just call it the "ruberto tax"
Dave Harding

Chatham, NY

#4 May 19, 2010
Maybe it's also time to look at Pittsfield's representation in the state legislature? This "tax" is needed because of the cut in state aid. Where is the state spending its money? How many of Pittsfield's long time State House gang supported the 3 jailed former House Speakers? Only the voters can change this dynamic and, if we're going to be honest, only the voters are to blame because the voters put these people in office.
ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!
Jocko Clownpecker

Berne, NY

#5 May 19, 2010
Oh boy !!! Another Tax.
We don't need a competent city council, we can just keep raising taxes. No need to cut from the 5 people in the Building Inspectors office even though building permits are down from the boom days. Back then the building Department had 3 people and you could get permit in half the time. No need to cut from the tax assessors office where the staff spends the day trying to stay awake. No need to cut from the bloated school administration. No need to consolidate schools or lay off a few teachers. No need to run the city like a business when city government can just keep stealing from the citizens. Government is corrupt and inefficient at all levels. Pittsfield is no different.
J Valby

Berne, NY

#6 May 19, 2010
Actually..... It will probably be the servers that will loose out. Bigger bills equal smaller tips.
Spider

Clifton Park, NY

#7 May 19, 2010
The mayor would prefer this tax over increasing "property taxes".

Does he believe that property taxpayers don't eat out?
cool

East Otis, MA

#8 May 19, 2010
just stop spending so much money that you dont have.........cut salaries of the top city execs by 5%...that will never happen
chilly

Burlington, MA

#9 May 19, 2010
Stop hiring ex-mayors who are political buddies
at $5,000 per month.
will

Schenectady, NY

#10 May 19, 2010
North Adams also instituted a .75% meal tax
Autobot

Amherst, NH

#11 May 19, 2010
When I eat out in NH, the meals tax is 9%!
That's more than eating out in New York City!
Mayor Jimmy Ruberto has raised taxes way above the rate of inflation year after year...
The definition of a politician is:
A government official who has a license to steal people's money.
master debator

Amherst, NH

#12 May 19, 2010
I thought the hiring of John Barrett III was supposed to make Pittsfield more efficient and save taxpayer's money.
I guess I though wrong!
jack king hoff

Amherst, NH

#13 May 19, 2010
I am starting a new business in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
It will be called:
"Jonathan Melle Consultants"
I hope I get my cut of tax incentives and grants so that I can tell the Mayor & City Councilors to raise taxes. It will be a tough job, but somebody has to do it!
Gerber

Burlington, MA

#14 May 19, 2010
Autobot wrote:
When I eat out in NH, the meals tax is 9%!
That's more than eating out in New York City!
Mayor Jimmy Ruberto has raised taxes way above the rate of inflation year after year...
The definition of a politician is:
A government official who has a license to steal people's money.
They tax your baby food Jonathan Melle?
Bob

Northville, NY

#15 May 19, 2010
Great! Keep nickle & diming us to death, while Berkshire County's cheap ass employers don't believe in raises. How about showing some backbone for once and start laying off some city & school employees. My employer has no qualms on laying my ass off when things are slow! You can always rehire them, later.
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Rockville, MD

#16 May 19, 2010
Of course, one could renegotiate with the city unions to bring down the cost of all those cushy salaries, benefits, perks and pensions, but no, that would be too obvious, so let's just raise taxes.
The brilliant Liberal Democrats on the City Council have figured out that Pittsfield can tax itself into prosperity.
Jeff ferrin

Northville, NY

#17 May 19, 2010
While I am not so sure that the .75 on a $100.00 bill is to much to swallow I am concerned about the balance of a fair vote with the possibility of 3 councilors that may need to obstain from the vote due to a potential conflict of interest. I do applaud the three councilors for having the forsight to obtain a ruling from the ethics commission before hand. To bad our mayor does not have the same intelect to insight to do the same on moral or ethical issues.
Jeff ferrin

Northville, NY

#18 May 19, 2010
HellerCarbonCapNTradeLLC wrote:
Of course, one could renegotiate with the city unions to bring down the cost of all those cushy salaries, benefits, perks and pensions, but no, that would be too obvious, so let's just raise taxes.
The brilliant Liberal Democrats on the City Council have figured out that Pittsfield can tax itself into prosperity.
Before you beat on the unions take a good hard look at the managment staff to see where the money is going. Look at the head of the water department and ask the mayor and John Barret how it seemed to slip by them that this man and his second in command made almost $400,000.00 in wages and have no paperwork to prove that the money was earned. L This was just over a 2 yr 4 month period. Look at what the mayor is paying John Barret. Look at how the unwarrented privledges continue at our expnse without any plan submitted to date to stop it. So Mr. heller look at the top before bashing the bottom and know your facts. I assure you that the majority of the unionized workers make far less than our other municipal counter partsin different towns in the Berkshires alone. I have done the comparisons. I did not here you complain when just a few years ago Erny Fortini and Brice Collingwood both got $10,000 a year raises when the employees saw no more than 2% raise. So unless you are a good buddy of the mayor leave the workers alone and start pointing to the managment level staff to look at the cuts and abuse. I as most know support little that the mayor stands for but am not so sure that using the unions that are not attatched to the teacher is a fair arguement to use.Even the majority of the teachers do not make a comparison wage to other school districts in our county.
goat testis hucksters

United States

#19 May 19, 2010
Dave Harding wrote:
Maybe it's also time to look at Pittsfield's representation in the state legislature? This "tax" is needed because of the cut in state aid. Where is the state spending its money? How many of Pittsfield's long time State House gang supported the 3 jailed former House Speakers? Only the voters can change this dynamic and, if we're going to be honest, only the voters are to blame because the voters put these people in office.
ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!
As for Ruberto did we, and I don't mean me, because I never voted for him, put him back in office? I'm not sure.
goat testis hucksters

United States

#20 May 19, 2010
Jeff ferrin wrote:
While I am not so sure that the .75 on a $100.00 bill is to much to swallow I am concerned about the balance of a fair vote with the possibility of 3 councilors that may need to obstain from the vote due to a potential conflict of interest. I do applaud the three councilors for having the forsight to obtain a ruling from the ethics commission before hand. To bad our mayor does not have the same intelect to insight to do the same on moral or ethical issues.
on ethics, lets hope the ethics commission does let us down when they finally issue their decision. I'd really like the confirmation of what I already know.

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