The entire business / revenger model is flawed.
But that's irrelevant because the majority of citizens have been forced to lock step and obey.
I know....I know.......it's far fetched.
But come on....
We're in a DEPRESSION. Property values are plummeting. Unemployment is much higher than city or government officials will ever admit.
On top of that, foreclosures, bankruptcies, business failures are at historic highs.
What does Rockland do? Increase property taxes.
The reason you can't find any savings or decrease the size of the budget is because everyone is in fear for their job...or position of power.
Are you telling me we couldn't slash 30-40% from the fire, police, recreation and maintenance budgets WITHOUT a decline in the quality of services? Come on. Fear mongering.
But the reality is not what's important to politicians and career government workers.
Rockland purchased a $500,000+ fire truck. How many times has it been used?
Rockland hires new police, buys cars, hands out overtime, pays all medical, dental and health insurance......and yet there's very little crime in Rockland when compared to other towns with 5,000 people.
Funding the government indoctrination camps (public schools) is another fiasco. Do public schools really work?
Here's the story........................
Rockland — The loss of more than $500,000 in state revenue sharing will mean a greater shift to property taxes to pay for the 2010-2011 Rockland municipal budget which was released April 16 by City Manager Rosemary Kulow.
The proposed spending for city operations is up 1.7 percent to $11 million but the loss of the revenue sharing means additional money will need to come from property owners.
And the projected jump in Rockland's payments to Regional School Unit 13 means that the tax rate may reach $18.25 in 2010, up $1.05 (6 percent) from the current $17.20. This means a person owning a home assessed at $150,000 will pay an additional $158 in property taxes.