Local towns, including Southampton, stood up for their constituents this week, deciding to file a suit against the state to fight the unwise, and possibly illegal, tax Albany approved to help pay off the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s debt. That the state should think the MTA’s gross negligence is something the small towns of Eastern Long Island should pay for is insulting. Considering the lack of service we receive from the MTA’s local arm, the Long Island Rail Road, we should be the last place they should be looking for support.
We are thankful for our town representatives — and local sate representative Fred Thiele — for their efforts. Here is something that will actually save us real money.
If you think of this in real cash, a small business with a $500,000 annual payroll, would be spending an aditional $1,700 in taxes for services they don’t really enjoy. An extra $1,700 each year, in these tough economic times, can be a struggle for many small businesses who are already operating on an extremely thin margin. Frankly, it’s an onus we don’t think we should be carrying, nor can afford to carry.
We look forward to a state budget, which is slated to be passed today, that will include a modified amount in tax for the MTA bailout. Our druthers is that we pay nothing towards an agency that has demonstrated nothing but incompetence and contempt for the people it chooses to abuse on the East End.