From a concerned citizen:
Based on a read of the proposed budget the Long Beach taxpayers are being asked to shoulder a 16% tax increase this year, starting July 1, 2012. Double digit tax increases will not help the value of your home recover from the recent downturn and if you rent, get ready to have that increase passed on to you from your landlord.
The projected “blueprint” budget forecasts expenses and estimates revenues (taxes) that will be available to pay for the expenses. As it stands approximately 83% of our expenses are tied to employee salaries, 12% is debt service (funds to make payments on our loans) and the remaining 5% is spend (money to do anything like repair the streets, boardwalk, patch the roof of the Rec. etc.).
It is no secret that the city has not done a good job of managing these costs in the past. We are in a self declared “fiscal crisis”. What is known now is that we do not have any rabbits left in our magic hat to pay for the mismanagement of the past. Clearly, tough decisions will have to be made and our elected City Council members will need to ensure that the management team they put in place carefully makes these decisions.
The fees generated from the beach do not even cover the cost of the lifeguards and beach maintenance required for upkeep. To keep everything as it is now and provide contracted salary increases to all of our city workers will require that we all pay more in taxes. Without letting the City Council know now that you want more accountability from the management of this city and that taxes simply cannot increase, we will be hit with this 16% tax increase and will be looking at an additional increase again next year.
Sign this Petition to Let the Long Beach (NY) City Council Know Raising Your Taxes to Solve the Fiscal Crisis is not the answer.