SANTA “NO TAX” CLAUSE, SENATOR BALL, SUPERVISOR SCHMITT AND COUNCILWOMAN MCDONOUGH DELIVER DEATH OF THE CONDO TAX IN CARMEL
Brewster, N.Y. – (12/22/2011) – The residents of Pulte Homes in Carmel got an early Christmas present, Thursday, when Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Santa Claus showed up with the gift of tax relief.
During a legislative update at Pulte Homes last week, residents told Senator Ball that they were worried about a tax hike because of a possible condo tax. So, Senator Ball returned to Pulte Homes Thursday night along with Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt, Carmel Town Councilwoman Suzanne McDonough and Santa Claus to pledge that they would fight the condo tax.
“Honestly, we should be building more active adult 55+ and senior housing in this area. From an economic standpoint, we can’t afford to enact insane tax policies that drive you away,” Ball said. “You have partners here at the local level and the state level, and we get it. You were sold a bill of goods and promised that your taxes were going to stay low. We’re committed to keeping them there.”
Schmitt echoed the Senator’s sentiments, and told Pulte Homes residents they have his word that he would vote “no”.
“When you folks first purchased your homes here I was under the impression that your taxes would be lower, and I think it would be counterproductive if the town then turned around and applied this,” Schmitt said.
McDonough told the community she would also vote “no”.
“You bought these houses knowing how much your month bills were going to be and it would not be fair for taxes to go up,” McDonough said. “If taxes ever did go up, the majority of the people here in the condos would leave because they couldn’t afford it and we don’t want that. You guys are a part of the community and we want you here. So, you have two votes.”
The commitment to vote down a possible condo tax was met with applause from the more than 50 Pulte Homes residents in attendance, as well as Senator Ball himself.
“Thank god for their leadership,” Ball said. “They are two votes, but they’re not just two votes. They have great leadership on the board and I trust them to get the job done.”
Pulte Homes resident Elaine Dufresne said high taxes already drove her and her husband out of Westchester, so she’s relieved Ball is leading a charge to keep taxes low for Putle Homes residents.
“We moved from Westchester and it was really expensive, almost $20,000 in taxes,” Dufresne said. “When we came here it was such a relief with lower taxes. You can do so much more.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Brittany Oat (845) 200-9716.