To the Editor:
A few years ago the city of Troy put on the ballot a vote to increase the city income tax by one half percent for earned income. To promote the “yes” vote, they argued that by making it for earned income only, it would not affect people on a fixed budget, retired people, but would only affect wage earners.
They also said they would reduce personal property taxes to help compensate and make it revenue neutral. I don’t know about the reductions to property taxes, but I do know the income tax was increased by 0.5 percent because the citizens of Troy approved it. I voted against it because I could see that the effect of the change would shift the burden to finance public schools from the wealthy to the working class.
More recently, the city of Troy wanted to put on the November 2016 ballots a referendum to increase property taxes by .21 mills, or was it 2.1 mills, to fund parks and recreation. They then pulled the referendum because, they said, they used a wrong value for the millage, missing the amount desired by the decimal place. When the issue was returned to after that ballot passed by, they decided to fund the parks and recreation increase with an earned income tax increase of 0.25 percent. I believe the realm reason the canceled the first referendum was again to shift the financing for this bill from the wealthy to the working class. I will again vote “no.” I also believe that any working person who has to pay city of Troy income taxes should vote “no” also.
— David Spencer
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