As a homeowner, I have had the option to escrow my taxes in my monthly mortgage payment. Makes it easier that way to break it up into 12 payments.
With the recent Safety Net debacle, I took notice of the public welfare charge that I pay and wondered about whether or not I wanted to do that any longer.
Knowing that the city has been collecting this money for a decade without any kind of oversight is completely upsetting and shouldn’t be allowed to be shrugged off. Ever wonder what else has been handled in the same way locally with your hard earned tax dollars?
Reading in the Freeman this week that the county audit turned up $64,000 in overpayments for this year alone – I wondered what would become of that money once it was returned to the city of Kingston. It’s not a general tax. It is something completely outside of our city and school tax that Kingston citizens have been paying (and it seems overpaying) for years.
I personally want my share back.
The Mayor wishes to do his own audit – and there may be a lawsuit to boot. Both are the right thing to do but both will cost tax payers money. Alot of money. All of it could have been avoided had the bills been looked at each month. It’s all unfortunate, and embarrassing for City Hall you can bet.
The way the Safety Net is handled has got to change, and I think the legislatures recent position on it remaining the same really stinks.
You can’t blame a citizen for thinking twice on participating in the public welfare charge in the city of Kingston. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of our neighboring municipalities not taking more responsibility for their own – and others making a profit on the poor.
Enough is enough.