TO THE EDITOR: I read that the Plattsburgh City School Board was trying to decide whether it should begin a veterans exemption to partially exempt some veterans from paying the school taxes on their homes.
A 2013 New York state law authorized this but did not provide any funds for the lost taxes, unlike the STAR exemption arrangement, where the state makes it up.
Isn’t that nice? The legislature says, “you can honor them with a tax break but have the other taxpayers foot the bill,” but you non-veterans will have to shoulder a $12-to-$58-per-house increase to cover this honor.
Believe it or not, most veterans are not homeless, nut cases nor even poor. I was raised in a veterans home: my father was in WWII, my grandfather was in WWI, and my uncle was killed in the Battle of the Bulge.
I enlisted in the Army myself and have stayed in regular contact with lots of veterans. Never once, in that 50 years, have I heard any veteran say: “I don’t want to pay my share of school taxes.”
In fact, I have heard many veterans say that the public support for quality schools, both public and parochial, was a major factor in where they chose to live.
Somebody, somewhere, probably in Albany, thought this new law would get them some votes or maybe a veterans organization’s support.
Most of us old soldiers, though, will figure this out and won’t like being bought off with our own money.
To the School Board: It’s OK to say “no” to this unfunded mandate.
Tell Albany to find its own money to give away, not the children’s money.
TO THE EDITOR: The Clinton County Mariners just completed a successful winter raffle for their Senior, Junior and 14U teams.