Carvin: Westchester-Rockland Residents Hit with Triple Whammy of Higher Taxes, Falling Property Values, Median Income Drop

Joe Carvin comments on shocking new Census Bureau data showing Westchester-Rockland residents hit with higher property taxes, falling property values, and a drop in median income.

Statement by Rye Town Supervisor and Congressional Candidate 
Joe Carvin on Disturbing New Property Tax Data for 
Westchester and Rockland Counties

 "Westchester and Rockland Families Hit with Triple Whammy of Higher Taxes, Falling Property Values, and Drop in Median Income"

 September 20, 2012

" Decades of irresponsible spending and unfunded mandates -- both at the federal and state level -- have caught up with the families of Westchester and Rockland counties.  Today we learned that Westchester is the first county in our nation's history to surpass the median property tax rate of $10,000. Westchester is once again the highest property-taxed county in America, and Rockland is right behind it at #3, with a median tax burden of $9,376. 

"Those numbers tell only part of the story, though. Our families have been hit with a triple-whammy: At the same time property taxes were going up 12.5% in Westchester and 11% in Rockland from 2008-'11, property values fell by about 15% in Westchester and about 14% in Rockland, while  median incomes fell by more than 3%, making it harder and harder to meet these tax burdens.

 "The new Census Bureau data merely formalizes what Rockland and Westchester families already know and feel: Our government has badly failed us and we are paying the price through higher property taxes, lower home values, and falling incomes.  Well-intentioned career politicians like my opponent have spent this state and nation to its knees; we can no longer sustain their policies in office."  

As Rye Town Supervisor Mr. Carvin has reduced the size of government by 25% since taking office in 2008, and he has lowered taxes every year he has been in office.  He has also refused to accept the $17,000 salary the town supervisor position provides and is leading the charge to restructure local government because the current tax structure is "patently unsustainable".




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Rosemary Black September 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Carvin sounds as though you are sincere and trying to walk the walk. Let's not forget a huge part of the problem is loss of jobs, ergo: foreclosures and loss of tax base, High oil prices and higher costs of living expenses. All these issues are rooted in cooperate greed, corporate credits which are given to large corporations even though they are hiring on other shores and abuse of the bailout. If we want to talk trickle down theory, lets talk about this reality.
Jasper Black September 21, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Billy - You're wrong on NYS taxes. Individual income tax rates, which the state legislature controls, did not change in 2010 or 2011, the years which would have been governed by the legislature in 2009-10. (http://taxfoundation.org/article/state-individual-income-tax-rates-2000-2012) The rates for incomes over $200k went up in 2009, as raised by the split-party legislature in 2008. My point in posting the governmental control facts is that NYS and Westchester taxation issues have been a very long time developing. Things did not suddenly spin out of control in 2009-10, nor suddenly improve in 2011-12. Both parties are responsible for the current state of NYS taxes. Neither side is blameless; neither side is the devil. I will take you up on checking out George Latimer's record. In the four years he was chairman of the County Board of Legislators (1998-2001), the only four years of his career when he had direct and substantial input on the construction of a budget, county-imposed property taxes went DOWN three of four years. This was after 6 years of tax increases under a Republican board and Republican legislature. Simply asserting, as Bob Cohen does, that Latimer is a wanton tax-raiser doesn't make it true. Get the facts for yourselves.
Billy September 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Jasper, the state taxes & takes in many ways, not just income taxes. Tolls & fees are a couple of examples. Sales tax, DMV surcharges & mortgage recording taxes are others. So if 1 drops & another increases, we're no better off than where we started because the underlying expenses didn't change. So Latimer might want you to think your taxes didn't increase when he was chairman of the board but the reality is that he & Andy Spano simply shifted & expaned the tax burden on Westchester County residents. He's done the same as an Assemblyman, proposed cutting a couple of taxes by raising others. Why hasn't he tried to cut the size of government & hence the cost and the taxes needed to support it? I've talked to Bob Cohen and I wouldn't expect he'd support ANY tax increase put in front of him & that's the guy we need in Albany, especially in these trying times and in a state with some of the highest taxes in the nation.
BG7 September 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM
NYS should suspend mortgage recording tax for one year. Its a huge part of closing costs in NYS. That would really help the home buying market, currently slowly climbing
Billy September 21, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Why not a permanant repeal? No other state in the county has a mortgage recording tax, and its just another 1.3% New Yorkers have to pay. The attitude of if you can't afford such a small piece of the transaction then don't buy it really sucks but that's NY for you. I'm willing to bet Bob Cohen would support full repeal & he'd find the savings to offset the whole thing.


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