A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the town of East Meadow in Nassau County was joining the fight against the nonsensical MTA Payroll Tax a.k.a The Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax. A businessman filed a lawsuit against New York State claiming the tax was against the State Constitution.
The beef with the tax is shared by many throughout the region as support to fight it continues to grow. Putnam County is the latest to join the fight as they will be joining the lawsuit. Here is more from a report released today in the Mid-Hudson News:
Putnam County Legislature Chairman Vincent Tamagna said he has instructed the county’s law department to join Nassau County in its lawsuit against the state for imposing the payroll tax last year to help bail out the New York City MTA.
Tamagna said enough is enough; let the issue be resolved in the courts.
“We need to stand up with a loud voice. The taxpayers cannot afford this kind of waste in government in that it is our intent to bring this through a court system, that to tax people who do not use the service and are outside the area to create the climate of making our business community non-competitive, to tax our non-profits, our schools, the triplication of this MTA tax is just outrageous,” he said, Thursday.
Wednesday, the Orange County towns of Chester, Deerpark and Monroe also voted to join the Nassau County payroll tax court suit.
As I mentioned in the linked thread above, I question whether the tax is really unconstitutional. I also wondered if it happened to be found so, would all of the money collected be refunded? This suit has the potential to cause some major landslides in the already fragile MTA financial situation.
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