While a personal visit with you two fine gentlemen would be preferred, I must initially send this modest communique to express my deep anger regarding a topic I'll explain below.
Based on what I presume was a very small number of recent property sales in the Town of Brookfield (above the current assessment) the powers to be in Albany dictated a 25% across the board increase in residential assessment in this very poor, rural, etc. central New York township.
People were shocked and devastated by the increase--and highly and legitimately incensed. (One citizen's assessment went up $37,000 on an 8 ft., 250 sq. ft. addition to an existing building.) The figures are mysterious; last year we were 100% assessed; this year 92% with an increase of 25%!
In the last 5 years property taxes in New York State have incrased 42%.
When will this regressive and repressive property tax end and be replaced by an equitable system that treats all people fairly and humanely, based on one's ability to pay or choose to buy as in a sales tax.
Will it take a "revollution" to change things in Albany? Will it take law breaking and civil disobedience before you the leaders wake up? Will it take replacing all our current elected leaders?
Time for this state is running out. People are patient and slow to anger and act but when they do, watch out.
Can we count on you gentlemen to lead the charge--on our behalf? Specifically, what can we count on you doing?
But then tese are only the angry musings of a simple country man.