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Councilwoman Bonner: Fee Increases a Backdoor Tax

Local Councilwoman Jane Bonner voted no on Brookhaven fee increases along with two others.

On Wednesday, the Town of Brookhaven announced its fee schedule for 2012, which. The resolution passed by a vote of 4-3, with "no" votes by Councilmen Tim Mazzei and Dan Panico, and local Councilwoman Jane Bonner.

Bonner explained her no vote Thursday, discussing how she, Mazzei and Panico felt the fee increases were wrong.

"The reason the three of us protested these fee increase is because they’re a backdoor tax," she said. "You can’t run on not raising taxes and then increase fees like this, not to mention the inconvenience that this is going to create for the residents.

"If they’re going to be hammered on the head with this fee, the least the Town could do is figure out a way that they can still get their parks pass the way people always did, which is at their local beach."

Local beaches affected by this change include , Shoreham and Shoreham Beach, Stony Brook Beach and . As of now, residents can buy stickers at Brookhaven Town Hall and other local centers, but not at beaches.

"I went over to the Supervisor's office a few weeks ago and said we need to come up with a better solution than this," Bonner said. "What if people are going to Cedar Beach because they belong to the Yacht club, or they have a boat or are going to Ralphs?"

Councilmembers Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld, Connie Kepert and Kathleen Walsh registered "Aye" votes along with Supervisor Mark Lesko.

"Their justification was that we haven’t raised fees in a number of years," Bonner said. "Rather than reduce the size of government to make it more efficient so it doesn’t cost the taxpayers so much….raised fees and taxes should be your last resort, it shouldn’t be your go-to for everything."

Elizabeth April 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Drive by the booth without paying and you'll likely be speaking with the Suffolk County Police Officer. Do not be an idiot and follow the guidance of this fool. You'll be putting the lives of the staff at the beaches in danger.
Captain Howard Hawrey April 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Elizabeth it correct. We could however form a line a mile long from the booth outwards and block traffic going in because none of us want to pay! There is logical, legitimate, protest that can take place. Hopefully after the town meeting this will be changed. I will not be able to attend the meeting and am hoping that someone will ask this question: "Did the harsh winter (tongue in cheek) make this season any different than any other that we needed this fee?"
Alicia Palifka April 21, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Sound Pointer...Enough is enough....As a homeowner who has young children trying to make it in this econmy it's so easy for you to say the TAX is no big deal. Well it is. With everything going up this is unacceptable. That is why our taxes go up each year!!! We pay this IN OUR TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's not just boat owners and your assumption that because they *must* have the money for a boat then they should pay.. I'm guessing you are all about "People paying their fair share",. Well guess what I stand with the boat owners etc against this fee and I do not have a boat! I'm a mom who clips coupons ..makes my own laundry detergent, dish washing soap and buys clothes for my children on ebay to try to make it. I have a husband who works 6 days a week. We do not have new cars and never have.This TAX is unaccpetable. I pay it in my taxes!
Thomas Lynch April 24, 2012 at 03:03 AM
A number of us are going to the Town meeting tommorrow to speak at "public be heard" around 6 pm. If you want to speak or attend you must register and get a blue card and on the schedule before 6. If you can't attend, please edit or fill out the below (cut and paste it) and email it to my personal email address: T@L-Y-N-C-H.com and I will PRINT your letter and bring it in the stack I have started just today almost 50 high! .......PLEASE be a Brookhaven town resident / taxpayer / voter in one of the Districts of Brookhaven. NOTE: seems i can't seem to post the letter here, there is a 1,500 charactor limit. Here are links to three versions, it doesn't have to be pretty, just a powerful show of taxpayer and angry marina and beach goer support!!!! PLEASE DO THIS TONIGHT or EARLY tommorrow. should not take more then 5 minutes. Cut and paste from one of these and email it back with your contact data and etc. filled in at the bottom. www.l-y-n-c-h.com/BrookhavenParkingTax2012.txt www.l-y-n-c-h.com/BrookhavenParkingTax2012.doc www.l-y-n-c-h.com/BrookhavenParkingTax2012.htm Thank YOU for your concern and getting involved. (why are you still reading? get to the docs and send me that email NOW!!!!!! <smile>)
Alicia Palifka April 24, 2012 at 01:43 PM
@Thomas Lynch...Thank you for doing this..I have sent 3 letters to you that is from 3 different people...Have you thought about posting this on the News Channel 12 facebook page or contacting Newsday?

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