Refusing to be intimidated by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy’s threat of a control board, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner wrote an op-ed in the New York Times asking the state to help cities. She cited a needy population, population loss, high pension costs and a dwindling tax base. She said “gimmicks” like borrowing for pensions costs are not sustainable. Notable lines:
The stress on cities like Syracuse, where I am mayor, results from profound economic changes but also past decisions by an array of leaders…
Billions of dollars’ worth of corporate tax breaks have been given away in the name of “economic development.” The state has offered, and the cities have accepted, fiscal gimmicks like borrowing money or using one-time revenue to pay for operating expenses…
…the model of using property taxes to finance schools, police, fire, sanitation and other services is no longer sustainable.
Cities are magnets for immigrants and the poor who need and demand costly social services…
The state is benefiting from a resilient income-tax base, while cities are stuck with an eroded property-tax base.
Mayor Miner is standing up for cities. It’s long overdue.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Links of the Day:
– A Georgia man was charged with trafficking dozens of guns into Rochester. There’s no “gun trafficking” charge!
– The area between Syracuse and Erie, Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest density of hockey players in the country.
– The IRS doesn’t have much sympathy for victims of an Erie County tax preparer.
– See how much money people make in every neighborhood in every city in America.