Sunday, February 26, 2012
Quality of Life is Kingston's secondary goal. Lower Taxes are primary.
Quality of Life is a secondary goal. Kingston's and Shayne Gallo's primary goal is to negotiate very lean union contracts which will allow substantial property tax decreases over the next 3 years. Without property tax decreases, the business and residential property tax rates will both continue to chase businesses and residents out of Kingston. Since IBM left Kingston 16 years ago, nothing has been done to structurally fix the union contracts to match Kingston's 2012 population which is much less affluent. We will reserve judgement on Shayne Gallo's progress when the first union contract terms are made public. In many ways, Kingston's taxpayers should be clamoring for affordable union contracts and lower property taxes instead of being distracted by "quality of life". The demographics of Kingston's population is eroding. Time is running out for Kingston.