Guest Mailbag Posted May 4, 2006 Report Share Posted May 4, 2006 Read the letter below from The Observer. Again Mangin is the only one with a pair big enough to speak the truth!!! May 03, 2006 Santos always speaks in jibberish To the Publisher: It’s no secret that over the years, Mayor Alberto G. Santos and I have had our political differences — usually over some fiscal policy or the mayor’s over-use of borrowing money to solve every problem. However, we also tend to “spar” because I always refuse to accept the mayor’s double-talk when he is faced with a tough question. Sadly, the same can’t be said for The Observer. In an article entitled “Santos, Mangin Spar” in your April 19 issue, you easily accepted the mayor’s deliberately evasive answer. I never would’ve accepted anything other than an honest explanation. At issue is a line of revenue in this year’s budget that is under-stated by almost $400,000. That $400,000 was part of the biggest tax increase we’ve seen in years — and it didn’t have to be. Every budget for the past four years uses Sheet 26 of our Annual Financial Statement to determine our anticipated revenue from late tax payments. The most recently filed report shows this budgeted revenue figure should be $1.2 million. However, it’s obvious from this same financial report that the mayor used the wrong line to record this revenue. Instead, he mistakenly used the figure that appears above the correct one — $810,000 — unnecessarily increasing the tax levy by the difference, or $400,000. But, rather than admit this simple but very costly mistake, the mayor attempts to justify it with the most nonsensical explanation I’ve ever heard. Doesn’t anyone question this mayor anymore? In the article, Mayor Santos states: “ The state formula has a lag. It has not yet caught up to the Kearny property taxpayers’ on-time payment rate.” What does this mean? Does anyone understand this explanation? Call the state and ask them if they can make heads or tails of this dribble. Instead, let me offer everyone a simple, understandable explanation of why the $1.2 million figure is correct. In the last fiscal year, we know that 18.1 percent of all taxes collected were for delinquent payments. In this fiscal year, the amount of taxes outstanding is $6.6-plus million. According to the state, we can then anticipate 18.1 percent of this figure as “Receipts for Delinquent Taxes” — or $1,207,882. Using this figure to maximize our revenue keeps taxes as low as the state will permit. This is the same formula we’ve used for years. There is no “lag” or “on-time payment rate” the mayor speaks of. Can Santos offer any explanation as to how the $810,000 figure was arrived at? I can. It’s simple. It appears on the same report we’ve used every year, directly above the figure we’ve used every year. It’s a mistake. But don’t take my word for it. Go to town hall and ask for a copy of the report. Match it to the revenue portion of this year’s budget and see for yourself. Then go back and re-read Mayor Santos’ “explanation.” Unfortunately, it’s Kearny taxpayers who have to pay for this mayor’s foolishness. Jim Mangin, Kearny Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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