Colonie Town Board adopts home-rule message for one-time corrective tax

In a 4-3 vote last night (Thursday, June 12), the Colonie Town Board adopted a home-rule message which would encourage the New York State Legislature to pass a one-time corrective tax bill for the Town of Colonie, which would average to about $155 per household in the town and around $135 per household in the villages of Colonie and Menands.

Town Supervisor Paula Mahan had originally speculated that the tax would come out to about $250 per household townwide. The vote was cast with opposition from the three Republican board members, who were \certainly not in favor of this, according to Board Member Brian Hogan.

Hogan said he, and the other two Republican members, would rather continue examining costs that can be cut within the town instead of imposing the tax on residents. He also said, "I would have loved to have seen us put a freeze on all non-essential new hires," a proposal that was rejected by the board at their last meeting, May 29.

Another Republican on the board, Nicole Criscione-Szesnat, complained that she was not well-informed about the one-time corrective tax, calling for a public hearing to be held to discuss figures involved in the tax. "It seems like everything we read about this is through the press," she said. After the resolution was voted on, and passed, Criscione-Szesnat rescinded her resolution to hold a future public hearing since, she said it was too late.

But according to Mahan, information was available for all members of the board to examine, and inquire about, as well as for people of the Town, and the villages, which, as of last week, had qualms about paying the same amount as taxpayers in the Town since the number of Town services the villages use are limited.

"We met with the villages because they had some concerns,"

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