ADVOCACY ALERT: PROPOSED MTA TAX AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR SCHOOLS!
The following is an advocacy alert from Suffolk Region PTA. Please contact our local legislators (contact info follows this message) to express your concerns about the potential impact of this bill on our school taxes!
Please pay attention to the latest proposal on the MTA ......
"$36.6 million for Long Island schools to "absorb" in already bare bones budgets: $12.2 through June 2009, and $24.4 million from 2009-10 budgets." ' ticket price for the latest version of the MTA bailout just leaped by $12.2 million with the inclusion of a retroactive to January 2009. That brings an unbudgeted expense of
The bill number is S4487A and was sponsored by Senator Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn). It was difficult to find because it is listed under "Vehicle and Traffic Law." Along with the Payroll Tax ( which is listed as being retroactive to January 1, 2009) the bill contains....................
1) 25-30% increase in drivers licenses and learner's permits.
2) $25 per year increase in car registration fees.
3) $1.00 additional taxi fee
4) Additional 5% sales tax on car rentals (currently 13.625%).
All of these fees will be charged only on those residents in the MTA area .
The State Senate went into recess until Monday, so along with calling Albany, you should contact your elected representatives in their local offices on Friday. Let them know how this bill will impact you and your family. The contact information for the Governor and State Senate Majority Leader is below.
Governor David A. Paterson Phone: Fax:
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith Phone: Fax:
Elwood's State Representatives:
New York Assembly
75 Woodbine Avenue
James D. Conte
1783 New York Avenue
Huntington Station, NY 11746
New York Senate
Suffolk County District Office
386 New York Avenue
Huntington , NY 11743
(631) 549-0729 email@example.com
Below are links to documents outlining current positions taken by NYS PTA. This is to provide FYI information to interested parties. In addition, This link goes directly to the advocacy alert page on the NTS PTA webpage http://nyspta.org/advocacy/alerts.cfm