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Caution with comments

July 27, 2011 - John D'Agostino
A blogger — FredoniaFred — made this comment Tuesday on this Web site in regard to a recent letter to the editor calling for fewer layers of government in our region:

"I live in a fairly nice older home and my total yearly taxes county/town/school are way under $2000. I don't understand what everyone is always complaining about. I feel that what I pay is very reasonable for the services I receive."

Way under $2,000 in the village of Fredonia? Why is everyone complaining? That’s a red flag — and that’s the nice thing about being anonymous. You are not accountable for what you are posting.

For the record, Fredonia, which is in the town of Pomfret for assessment, has not taken part in a reassessment since the mid 1970s.

In addition, besides town, county and school taxes, FredoniaFred — if he is living in Fredonia — must pay village taxes.

So, let’s say FredoniaFred’s home is assessed at $11,000, which is more than $61,000 after the equalization rate of about 18 percent. School taxes in the village are $109 per thousand. Thus, FredoniaFred pays about $1,200. Village taxes are nearly $33 per thousand. On this property, that equals $363 for FredoniaFred. With the town burden, that is at least another $54.

In total, without the county piece, the tax price tag is $1,618. That's nowhere near less than $2,000.

So, who is FredoniaFred? What is his agenda?

Is he a Fredonia resident? A village official? A county employee?

We really do not know. But what we do know is, unless FredoniaFred lives in a shanty in the village and has Internet, his tax bill is definitely more than $2,000.


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