Letter to the editor – Republicans pass a tax on home energy. Dutchess County Budget, Home Energy Tax Approved

A letter to the County Executive of Dutchess County

February 19, 2014
To: Marcus J. Molinaro, County Executive, Dutchess County
From: Keith F. Greeney, Rhinebeck, NY
Re: Republicans pass a tax on home energy. Dutchess County Budget, Home Energy Tax Approved
Dear Mr. Molinaro:

The following is a quote from you: “We are organizing our administration and developing policy to best serve the people of Dutchess County.”

Is this new tax, attributed to your administration, the best way to serve the people of Dutchess County? I don’t think so. This is a regressive tax and, just in case you do not know, regressive taxes require lower-income families to pay a greater percentage of their income in tax than upper-income families. It is no different than taxing the food poor people have to buy at the supermarkets. We are talking about the most basic needs of all people …. food, water, and shelter. Should we begin to tax services to the poor, to the handicap, to the less fortunate?

I don’t know who is advising you, but you may want to consider replacing this person with someone who is more progressive in his thinking and with more compassion towards the citizens of our County.

I suggest you postpone this law; otherwise you and your party may not be re-elected in upcoming elections. Your supporters who voted for you do not like this tax any more than I do…


Keith F. Greeney
Rhinebeck, New York

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