Monday, October 1, 2007

The Tax Cycle

SmileyCentral.comAs I prepare to pay my school taxes today ($8655!), I'm thinking about our responsibility as BOE members to keep costs down (and I've written about how complaining about unfunded mandates no longer cuts any ice with me), but I'm also thinking about the responsibility the town board has to create an environment that is conducive to attracting business to the town--business that will alleviate some of the tax burden on residents. Of course, it's a vicious cycle, since what business in its right mind wants to come to a place where the school tax rate is $24+/1000, but I am so mindful that having an activist town board instead of the do-nothing town board we're used to has the potential to make a significant difference.

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