As a member of Holy Name of Mary parish, I am concerned about its finances. The sewage tax proposed by Mayor Schmidt will need to be addressed in two ways. First, to raise the money for the tax, I have suggested to our pastor that we increase the amount that the village pays to the church for its lease of the parking lot behind the church. If the estimated tax is $500, we should charge the village that amount plus costs of accounting, et cetera. If this cannot be done until the lease is up for renewal in 2007, the church can tally the bills and add some interest payment.
Second, the pastor and others in Croton’s non-profit community have agreed to join in a lawsuit to be brought against the tax. They are to be represented by an attorney working pro bono publico, i.e., for the public good. There is a principle involved here that establishes why we do not impose taxes on institutions that work for the public good.
The Republican majority knows of this probable legal battle but seems determined to raise the tax on November 7. With Metro-North stating that it will not pay the tax, the revenue from the sewers may not cover the impending legal bills.
— Joe Slakas