Folks at non-profits in Nassau County, NY — hospitals, fire departments, and even libraries — may soon have to post signs with a slogan made famous about 40 years ago on the Left Coast by then-Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown: “If it’s yellow, be mellow.”
According to CBS2 in New York City:
A proposed tax on sewer usage by non-profits such as hospitals, colleges, and fire departments could bring in $38 million a year.But as CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reports, taxpayers worry they will now be stuck paying for it all.Critics call the sewer fee — a “toilet tax” in Nassau County. Next year’s budget — for the first time — calls for previously tax-exempt public school districts, library districts and fire districts to increase their budgets, raise taxes, and, they fear, pass along the financial burden to taxpayers.“It is being called taxpayer relief act when actually all we are doing is soaking the taxpayers with a toilet tax or sewer fee,” said Nassau County legislator Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick.
“Soaking.” That’s one way to put it. First, they came for our toilets, making them all “low flow.” Now they come to tax what swirls away (often after two flushes, thanks to bureaucratic mandates). When will it end?