It takes a big person—and a big village—to come right out and openly acknowledge an embarrassing mistake. To correct repeated miscalculation of tax exemptions and property taxes for seniors reported by me in a column in The Gazette and picked up in a story by crotonblog.com (see: “Recent Exposé Uncovers Tax Overpayments by Croton Seniors”), the village board quietly passed a resolution on Feb. 21 with almost no comment (video clip). It calls for a public hearing at the next meeting to bring Croton’s Village Code into line with other communities and the New York State Real Property Tax Law.
The need to update the Village Code is not the result of “recent” changes in the law, as the Mayor characterized them. Chronic miscalculation of tax exemptions and taxes for seniors goes back to 2003. So far, nothing has been said about rectifying the overcharges of seniors caused by this oversight.
I urge seniors and their relatives and friends—in fact, all citizens interested in good government—to attend next Monday night’s meeting, March 6, and demand to know what Croton plans to do about making tax refunds to seniors whose exemptions and taxes were incorrectly calculated.
— Robert Scott