I have talked with my supervisor about this and have learned a lot. The sales tax scheme that is in use now has helped local issues more in the small towns that have large summer populations, and small year-round populations. Here in the town of Horicon we struggle to support business year-round. Gas for example is about 25 cents higher up here than in Queensbury or Lake Luzerne. We pay more for almost everything that we use and do not benefit from the higher property tax we pay. Our property tax money goes to the highway department to take care of our roads, and that is lacking the funds to do the job that the taxpayers should see. The sales tax money that we now receive has to shoulder the rest of the town budget. It is easy to see how devastating it would be to take away the amount we now get and send it to towns that have a bigger year-round population. There are more ways of looking at this, but finding the best will take more than just who would be hurt the most or who should get more because we have a bigger voting populist.
Pat Farrell, Brant Lake