A Tax Increase – The Hallmark of a Dyster Budget

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Mayor Paul Dyster has announced that in his new proposed budget he would be cutting taxes throughout the City.

At first glance, it doesn’t look too bad.

The proposed 2019 budget includes a $2.5 million reduction in property taxes (13% residential and 3% commercial). This essentially means homeowners would see roughly a $50 savings.

But Mayor Dyster also announced his plan to increase “revenue” via a garbage “user fee” which he estimates will bring in $3.1 – $3.5 million – or about $190 per household .

Let’s do the math:

If you save $50 on your property taxes, but then have to pay a new $190 garbage “user fee,” – in reality you are going to be paying an additional $140 per year.

Though Dyster touts the cut in taxes, to us, here at the Reporter, we see this not as a cut but instead rather a large increase.

Perhaps you see it differently.

One Comment

  1. Thaddeus Komorowski says:

    This shameful proposal is a blatant attempt by Mayor McCheese and his Handy Andy to circumvent the tax cap. They can’t bleed property owners with taxes beyond the state limit on taxes. Instead, the robbery comes in the form of a fee which is not subject to limitation. So, the fee can go up and up and up every year. Let’s see who on the council supports this travesty.

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