Great suggestions on organizing Marlboro Taxpayer’s

Doug,
Lots of good comments. Here are some of mine:
1) You need more participation. 40 people is not enough. Someone approached me about a mailing list for the town and that is possible but mailings are very expensive. I have done bulk mailings and they cost >$1500. MY SUGGESTION is that you create a flyer and have a few people go around and put them into the paper boxes (or ask the paper delivery person to deliver). Even if you get 50% coverage you will hopefully attact another 50-60 people.
2) While Dave is very gratious to host this event you need to do it someplace else. I would suggest asking Jenny’s Gardens if you can use his community center or maybe the yacth club.
3) There are several other groups doing the similar effort (IE Kathy Guarino is trying to get together a taxpayers meeting) SEE LOCAL NEWSPAPER SOUTHERN ULSTER TIMES. Someone needs to engage Kathy.
4) Doug is right about short term solution not happening. This is a long term effort and needs to be treated as such. Also as Doug said a bitch session does not get you anywhere.
5) The school board should be asked if they would entertain public participation in the budget process. This has been done before and can be beneficial.
6) Media coverage is KEY. Keep the papers (Mark Reynolds/Carrie Ross engaged) See if RNN will interview. Call WPDH and others to see if you can get on the radio. Try to get Times Herald Record coverage. Create an electronic (Email) newsletter. Ask everyone to send it to at least 10 people.
7) If I can think of other things I will let you know..
Russ
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  1. Comment: I think this group has great potential . I can’t stress enough, how we have to be a positive group focused on real solutions to the very real problems we face . If this group degrades into a constant gripe session and witch hunt ,looking to string someone up, NOBODY WILL JOIN THIS GROUP AND IT WILL MEET RESISTANCE AT EVERY TURN…

    IF WE FOLLOW THIS POSITIVE SOLUTION BASED SCRIPT , PEOPLE WILL JOIN WITH OUT FEAR OF REPERCUSSIONS ON THEMSELVES OR THEIR KIDS . THIS GROUP WILL BE A BLESSING TO THE COMUNITY . WE HAVE ALOT OF WORK TO DO AND NOW IS THE TIME TO GET TO WORK , THE BLAMING IS OVER , THE WITCH HUNT IS OVER , LETS GET TO WORK , BRINGING POSITIVE ATTENTION TO THIS GROUP EVERDAY, AND FINDING GREAT SOLUTIONS TO THE SITUATION AT HAND ,DOUGLAS SMITH You can see all comments on this post here: https://marlborocitizens.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/summary-of-taxpayers-meeting-1118-40-western-ave/#comments

    Edited for redundancy (Admin).

  2. I removed the extra links. By the way, there is a search feature on the front page.

  3. I’m so glad that this town is showing its intellegence and not just sitting by and complaining in gossip situations.

    What I have not heard yet is any mention of the Blue Ribbon Bill for tax reform. This bill proposes a 5 year plan to elimiate school taxes in the town and create collection by the state in paycheck withholding tax therefore ALL taxpayers are responsible. This will create a more equal distrubution (and income based not home assessment based) becoming less burdensome on the land owner. In the cases of those who recive TANF (Temporary assitance for needy families) or have Social Secuirty income the federal gov or state would suppliment the income . I know Kevin Cahill was working on this proposal.(proposal (A.4746)).

    Bill Larkin was instrumetnal in some tax relief: Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced the New York State Senate has passed property tax legislation and mandate relief bills designed to reduce costs for schools and ensure adequate resources for New York State’s students. You can read this article in full at:
    http://senatorbilllarkin.com/39/news/08-09-24/senate_passes_property_tax_cap_legislation.aspx
    It gives offers some hope.

    There are many legislators through out all the counties that are working on this problem. There was a speech given by Frank Mauro who is the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute that talks about our local problem. The Fiscal Policy Institute is a nonpartisan research and education organization that focuses on tax, budget, economic and related public policy issues that affect the quality of life and the economic well-being of New York State residents.

    He offers his Ideas in a speech given at Mohonk in August. Its a little long but informative. It helps us all realize that there are people out there fighting for us. We need to pay attention to these issues on all levels because there are votes and legislation that need our support. Unless we act on a higher level (in addition to our local groups) little will get resolved. Listen to the speech: http://www.totalwebcasting.com/live/swmp/20080815/

    He addresses the impact of the state crisis and wall st. I feel there is hope and we do have power in numbers. Let keep fighting!!!!!!!!
    Maria

  4. FYI,

    I contacted the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Times-Herald Record and the Mid-Hudson Post Pioneer. I received a positive reply from the Dan Barton Mid-Hudson Post Pioneer editor, and Carrie Ross has been present in our meetings. The other newspapers didn’t even acknowledge my request.

  5. I would like to see more people from the Town of Newburgh and from Plattekill join us. This blog is for ALL of us, not just those in Marlboro.

  6. redundancy ? Really? i think it deserves repeating , make sure the message sinks in !

  7. Thanks, Maria, for the plug for Frank Mauro and the work he’s done on taxation. Marlborough Town Supervisor Al Lanzetta and I were there at the presentation at Mohonk. We’ve been working with the Ulster County Blue Ribbon Commission people and http://www.nyspropertytaxreform.org to raise awareness of the importance of taking the cost of education off the backs of property owners. Watch the budgets but we need fundemental change in the system!

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