Dutchess Co. May Join MTA Payroll Tax Lawsuit

The line of towns & counties against the MTA payroll tax may become bigger by the end of today. This is because Dutchess County lawmakers may take a vote as to whether they should join Nassau County’s lawsuit against the MTA’s Mobility aka Payroll Tax. Mid-Hudson News has more:

The Dutchess County Legislature Monday may vote on whether to explore joining a lawsuit spearheaded by Nassau County to sue the State of New York for imposing a payroll tax on all businesses in the MTA service territory.

That region includes the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland to the north of New York City, the five boroughs, and the two counties of Long Island. It cost Dutchess County government $400,000 in the tax this year.

Dutchess lawmakers will consider a resolution requesting the county attorney and county executive to explore “with the intent of litigating” the option to join in Nassau County’s lawsuit.

A number of area counties and municipalities have already joined the Nassau County lawsuit seeking to have the payroll tax tossed.

“The MTA payroll tax is an oppressive burden on the governments, businesses, and families of Dutchess County,” said Dutchess Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison. “This cost, mandated by the state legislature, is part of the problem that drives so many from our county and from our region.”

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At this rate, the safest question to ask is who’s next? It seems every county wants to come out of the woodwork to rally against the tax which quite frankly was a mistake from the get go. Will it get reversed? At this point who knows although up until a decision is rendered, this fight will continue to gather steam & head for a big explosion between all parties involved.

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