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Molinaro signs repeal
of county energy sales tax

Poughkeepsie Journal [NY], by John Ferro

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Posted By:athina, 4/8/2014 9:46:35 PM

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro today signed a measure that removes a 3.75 percent sales tax on residential energy sources in Dutchess County. "We have listened to our constituents and now keep our promise to repeal this tax upon receipt of aid from Albany," Molinaro said in a statement. The Dutchess County Legislature voted unanimously Monday night to repeal the sales tax, which was imposed last year in order to make up a budget shortfall. The vote, coming barely a month after the tax went into effect, was spurred by strong condemnation from the public, and by $5.25 million in

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Last December, our Republican county executive and Republican controlled county legislature decided to put a sales tax on residential coal, fuel oil and wood for heating, gas, propane, electricity or steam... For us there was a $50+ tax on our recent oil bill. Haven´t gotten the electricity bill yet. We, along with everyone else, were flabbergasted that Republicans would have been the ones to initiate this.... Total idiots. So now they repeal it, effective June 1.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 4/8/2014 9:59:50 PM     (No. 9803295)

Repealed for Dutchess County residents, but to be paid by NY State taxpayers (including those of Dutchess County). This is the worm Ouroboros that devours itself.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sg, 4/9/2014 12:13:20 AM     (No. 9803411)

and this was some winter to impose a tax on heating fuels. They are indeed idiots. Maybe if they didn´t waste so much money on pet projects and feathering their own nests, this would not have been necessary. I often wonder if the local, state and federal legislators who impose these ridiculous taxes have to pay them themselves…just asking´...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 4/9/2014 12:51:59 AM     (No. 9803443)

The tax is awful, not least because it is a percentage of the cost of oil, gas, coal, etc. As the cost of the fuel skyrockets, the tax, which is pegged to that cost, also rises. It would be less egregious if the tax were a set amount against a gallon, ton, etc. But then, the amount collected wouldn´t rise except with consumption. They can´t have that.

On top of that, New York has the highest gasoline tax in the nation, 50.6 cents per gallon on top of the federal 18.4 cents.

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