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C-PP Utility Tax?

“No new taxes”, That was the message from the overwhelming majority of tax payers at tonight in Corning-Painted Post.

C-PP Utility Tax?
 

September 18, 2012

Corning (WENY) – “No new taxes”, That was the message from the overwhelming majority of tax payers at tonight in Corning-Painted Post. The corning Painted Post school district is looking into adding a new utility tax to help bring in money to use on next years school budget, but Neighbors don't want to see their taxes get any higher. It's up to the board to decide if they should implement the tax anywhere from a half a percent up to 3 percent After hearing neighbors at tonight’s meeting, they may want to reconsider adding any new tax.

“If you find ways of doing more with less as opposed to constantly coming back for more money and finding new ways to tax us, that's not the solution, that’s not going to change from year to year.” That's what one concerned tax payer had to say to the C-PP School Board. Speaker after speaker, the message became louder. Tax payers at the public hearing do not want the proposed tax increase on their telephone, gas and electric bills. It's unpopular, but not everyone is against it.

“I think that if it goes to the school and not the politicians is a good thing. Anything that will help the school and help the children stay in school is a positive thing,” says district parent Richard Brinklow.

The tax could generate up to $1.3 million in revenue for the district, and they could use the extra dough. Corning-Painted Post lost more than $6 million a year in state aid since 2008.

“Whats happened in the state is the tax cap and reduction in state aid revenues are in question,” says Superintendent Mike Ginalski. “Our board has begun work on next years budget early and part of good budgeting is taken a look at revenues.”

The board can make the utility tax anywhere from .5 percent to 3 percent. So if they were to raise it to 3 percent, if your gas bill is $100 you would pay $3 extra per month, amounting to $36 more a year. That money would be put in the general fund and allocated towards teachers programs and transportation.

“Do we have a revenue issue sure just like every other school district but in the end if we were to approve it, I think it will go a long way towards keeping people employed and providing services for kids,” says Ginalski.

The board will determine if they will implement the tax and by how much at an upcoming board meeting.