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How to Return Tax Overcharges to Seniors

March 9, 2006

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
The Village fathers seemed relieved that they had dodged the bullet of reimbursement to seniors for overcharged taxes. O.K., once your taxes become public funds they have gone down a Black Hole. But where is it written that Croton cannot calculate the overpayments and extend tax credits to these seniors? After all, a partial tax exemption is a tax credit, isn’t it?

The Village Manager also described the Village’s method of learning about changes in the State’s Real Property Law. It turns out to be one cut above Indian smoke signals and the jungle drum telegraph. And in what is called “The Age of Communication,” he even appealed to citizens to inform the Village if they ever learn of changes in the law.

The Village Manager laid the blame at Albany’s doorstep. Still, it’s passing strange that every other community in Westchester got the word about the two changes that Croton missed. Harry Truman had a celebrated sign on his desk reading, “The buck stops here.” One wonders on whose desk in Croton this sign can be found.

— Robert Scott

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