New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill in December that gives the school boards the authority to grant tax exemptions to veterans that have served during wartime. But unlike the S.T.A.R. program, in which the state covers the missing tax money, for the veteran’s tax exemption the state is not covering the loss, leaving the financial burden on all the taxpayers.
School boards now must face the decision of helping veterans while hurting taxpayers, or ignoring the veteran wile keeping taxes the same, but they cant do both. Since this veteran tax exemption is not state mandated, but simply handed over to each school board as an option, the state is trying to just wash their hands of all responsibility to help our veterans. By offering a bill with no backbone like this one, the state should make sure that all of its veterans get equal treatment.
If the state does not change the bill soon, many school districts are to stop the tax exemptions due to more and more financial cutbacks every year for our educational system. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the rest of the state can choose to cover the taxes for this bill, or even just roll them into the S.T.A.R. program, but the way that it is now does not promote equality and is not right.
It’s no secret that the New York State educational system has much room for improvement (to put it in the nicest way that I could think of), with school administrators collecting huge salaries and the teachers getting paid a fraction of what the administrators get paid, and the teachers face more cutbacks along with greater micro-management from the State and Federal levels on “how to do their jobs”. School Administrator pay is public information, you can find the New York State information here: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/admincomp/, if you have never researched it before, you should take a look.
Because of how financially “top-heavy” our educational system is, the state should know better than to make this veteran’s tax exemption and option for the school boards. The State of New York needs to decide if it truly wishes to help our veterans or not, but this is only helping certain veterans based on their zip code, and ignoring the rest. This bill is almost as brainless as the one penalizing working-class people who cant afford health insurance.