2013-02-08 / Letters

On Gouging And Taxes

Dear Editor:

It is a pity that at this time in our community’s healing we are forced to be talking about some merchants in Rockaway Park who would take advantage of us by price gouging. Choosing not to name them, I feel they know who they are. Shame on them for gouging locals and volunteers in light of lack of competition by adding bucks onto already high priced food we have become accustomed to here in Rockaway.

Merchants who have chosen this time to charge usury prices for items homeowners need to repair problems caused by the storm should be on notice. You have a captive audience now. However, when the competition is up and running and the balance of our neighbors secure transportation, guaranteed they will keep in mind the greed of those who would take advantage of us in our time of distress. Shame on you!

Kudos to Assemblyman Goldfedder for addressing the needs of Rockaway business owners who have endured severe damage to their businesses and are in need of an infusion of financial assistance to get up and running. Let us hope that our Councilman, Ulrich, with input from residents, will champion our cause with respect to significantly reduced real estate taxes much as Goldfedder has done with businesses. It would be welcomed to hear some of the councilman’s plans to reduce real estate taxes for Rockaway, where, according to an article in the Daily News Real Estate section we have endured a minimum of 30 percent decline in house value. Since homeowners have not received our Notice of Property Value from the City Department of Finance, homeowners have to be wondering how the city will handle our battle scarred peninsula in its RE tax calculations; and, how much time and effort it will take us to actually get what is due us. In Rockaway where property values have continued to decline for the last four years while our real estate taxes unbelievably increased, City Finance has disregarded resale value for increased tax revenue. How can it possibly justify hammering us now?

Here’s a message to the mayor, ”Don’t kick us when we’re down.” “Don’t use Rockaway real estate taxes to balance your budget.” “Don’t make us travel to the mainland to plead our real estate cases when teams can be sent here for that purpose.” “Don’t insist the obscene toll on the Marine Park Bridge is not a significant tax on the Rockaway population.”


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