Raia Raises Serious Concerns With Executive Budget
Local assemblyman fears the devil is in the details regarding school aid and tax relief
January 31, 2007
Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-East Northport) expressed his disappointment with the details of the executive budget, most notably with less than satisfactory increases in school aid that, according to Raia, will result in double digit increases in school property taxes. “I am extremely disappointed in the initial school aid runs that reflect only minor increases in state aid to our schools, in the vicinity of 1 to 3 percent as compared to increases of approximately 6 percent last year,” said Raia. Raia noted that property taxes account for over 60% of school budgets and without sufficient aid from the state, there will be no other choice but to raise school property taxes. “This budget simply does not go far enough to address the needs of my constituents in the 9th Assembly district. We pay amongst the highest taxes in the state, and cannot continue to shell out double-digit increases in property taxes. It’s safe to say the honeymoon is over and that the fight begins to secure our fair share of state aid,” said Raia. Raia noted that the average household income in the 9th A.D. is $100,000, but the property tax plan in the executive budget is based on a threshold of income with the most relief headed to those whose combined household income is under $80,000.