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Posted on: April 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Proposal: early retirement option for employees if local governments commit to zero percent tax hike

I am writing to the Governor and to members of the NYS Legislature urging an early retirement authorization for local governments if we commit to a zero percent tax hike. A task force should also be empowered to place on ballot proposal to reduce layers

GREENBURGH TOWN SUPERVISOR CALLS ON NYS TO AUTHORIZE EARLY RETIREMENT BUY OUT FOR TOWN, VILLAGE, SCHOOL, FIRE DISTRICT, COUNTY , CITY EMPLOYEES IF WE COMMIT TO A ZERO PERCENT TAX HIKE 


ALSO SUGGESTS A TASK FORCE TAKE A LOOK AT MANY LAYERS OF GOVERNMENT IN NYS - AND TO HAVE THE POWER TO PLACE ON BALLOT A RESTRUCTURING PLAN OF NYS GOVERNMENTS TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT---NYS MAY HAVE MORE LAYERS OF GOVERNMENT THAN ANY STATE IN THE NATION


 Every town, city and village in NYS  (and county, state governments) will be facing enormous revenue shortfalls as a result of COVID-19. The town of Greenburgh anticipates revenue shortfalls that can be as high as 7 million. Our sales tax is down. Our hotel tax, mortgage tax is down. User fees are down. Court fees are down.  We anticipate that many businesses won’t survive- resulting in certiorari’s (loss of revenue). 

  One suggestion: an Early Retirement buy out for employees. This would enable local governments to reduce the workforce without having to layoff many employees. A condition:  Towns, cities, villages, county and school districts that take advantage of early retirement options MUST reduce the work force long term and commit to not raising taxes during the next budget cycle.  There are too many taxpayers who are out of work. Tax  hikes at this time would create significant hardships for residents. 

   I believe that NYS should also create a Task Force that would take a look at the many layers of government in NYS and be authorized to place on the ballot a restructuring plan of NYS government. I remember reading -years ago - that NYS had more layers of government than any state in the nation.  The new normal should not look like the old normal in NYS.

  This concept, if enacted, would result in long term savings for taxpayers.  I welcome your thoughts. 

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor


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