Ball: Hudson Valley Demands Forensic Accounting of MTA’s Corrupt Projects and Run Amok Estimates
Today, Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Putnam County Executive Robert J. Bondi joined to demand that Albany’s “Three Men In A Room” take immediate action to forensically audit the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and to completely repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, which has cost Putnam County $162,752.26 in taxes since its inception.
“While many legislators are doing the ol’ Potomac two step, the County Executive Bondi has joined with me have put his name to a bi-partisan stand in demanding a forensic audit and repeal of this horrific tax,” Ball said. “This MTA payroll tax is the final nail in the coffin of a state that is trending vociferously into a downward spiral. Sheldon Silver and his legislative cronies are not leaders, they are Kamikaze pilots intent on sinking with the ship. Those New York City legislators must finally hear from the Hudson Valley and beyond that we are taxed beyond our ability to pay and we are simply not going to take it anymore.”
Bondi, who signed a letter joining Ball’s coalition of County Executives against the MTA Tax, says Putnam County is neglected when the MTA plans service improvements and schedules Station Maintenance.
“Counties in the Hudson Valley are extremely aware of the need for additional revenues to provide essential services,” Bondi said. “However, we do not believe that the MTA is providing enough essential services within Putnam County. Therefore, we stand in protest to this tax and request that if it is not repealed, that the New York State Senate and Assembly join together to eliminate the station maintenance and MTA subsidy that is currently mandated on Hudson Valley Counties.”
The MTA Payroll Tax, enacted in May 2009 to pay for the MTA’s budget gap, imposes a 34 cent tax on Hudson Valley employers for every $100 of payroll. The tax is estimated to cost Hudson Valley employers $165.3 Million in 2010.
Ball has called for an April 15th Tax Revolt on the steps of the Putnam County Court House to protest the MTA Payroll Tax. Participants will submit symbolic tax checks to Ball, who will calculate how much money is being taken from Dutchess, Westchester, and Putnam Counties to bail out the mismanaged MTA when it could be used to create jobs.
“This is the first step toward a historic tax revolt,” Ball said. “We have made available on my official web site a symbolic check for non-profits, schools, churches, and small businesses to write how much they are giving to the MTA, then bring those checks to the Putnam County Courthouse on April 15th.”
The ‘Rescind the MTA Payroll Tax’ checks are available for download from the website auditthemta.com, where visitors can also sign a petition demanding an independent forensic accounting of the MTA. Employers can also receive a symbolic check through Ball’s Assembly Office. Participants can also mail their symbolic checks to the Assembly office at 2392 Route 6, Brewster, NY, 10509 prior to the April 15th Tax Revolt Rally.