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Poll: Would You Pay $12 a Year for Better Roads?

Town of Smithtown government has been criticized for letting its roadways crumble while a $10 million plan to save them lingers without a vote.

Many Town of Smithtown residents have come to Patch, complaining about the horrible shape the roadways are in. They are divided over who to point the finger at, and what to do about it. 

Patch reported Wednesday that , executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island, for his failure to maintain the town's roadways. Desmond went as far as to say Vecchio would be dead before residents would see any improvement in the roadway, and only then recognize how bad off the town's roads truly area. 

His remarked were based on Vecchio's public statement he will not approve of borrowing $10 million over the next two years to help repave more than 120 miles of road and fix 6,000 outstanding sidewalk complaints, . Vecchio believes borrowing the money would put too much of a burden on taxpayers. 

However, Jorgenson claims the $10 million bond would go a long way towards fixing Smithtown's roads, and only cost the average homeowner $1 a month, or $12 per year. 

At that cost, we'd like to ask you: Would you be willing to pay $12 more in taxes a year to see more of Smithtown's roads repaved? 

KP LIslander May 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM
So, if they were to float a $10 mil bond which passes, resulting in allegedly ONLY $1 a month on average for the (one) year (i.e. not to be equated with incurring a recurring ongoing cost each subsequent year indefinitely), the questions is - how are taxpayers ensured, ahead of time before they would vote on the bond, that the amount of bond increase of $12 for the one year is actually removed after the one year has elapsed and the bond has been paid for? Why is there no clarification on that from the town, who should, by all rights, be forthcoming with such relevant information?
new guy May 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM
MTM, do you pay taxes? If you did than you would know that the town portion of your taxes are about 8%. Looking to save money....go to your school district. 8%, tour getting a good bang for your buck.
One Opinion May 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I enjoy all the discussion regarding this $10 million highway bond. Your Smithtown school district pays over $14 million a year in interest alone on outstanding debt! That's just the interest payments. Once again everyone misses the big picture on what drives your property tax bill.
Christopher D'Antonio May 19, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Government is the product of all of its constituents, lazy and hardworking, good and bad, corrupt and upright, the claim that government should manage tax payer money "as they should" vies with the wishes, concerns, and desires of 114,999 other residents of the Town of Smithtown. That being said, there is always room for improvement and our voices deserve to be heard and to move policy when concerns are as pressing as simply maintaining the roadways and sidewalks necessary to keep our communities intact.
new guy May 19, 2012 at 01:34 AM
i completely agree with you. thanks for posting.

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