Eachus Supports Tax Cap and Repeats Call for School Tax ReformJun 18th, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Current Events
EACHUS SUPPORTS TAX CAP AND REPEATS CALL FOR SCHOOL TAX REFORM: FUND EDUCATION ON THE STATE INCOME TAX NOT THE LOCAL PROPERTY TAX
County Legislator Christopher Eachus, Democratic candidate for State Senator in the 39th District, repeated his support of the state tax cap and his call to fundamentally change how we fund public schools by shifting to a system based on the State income tax rather than the local property tax.
“It is wrong to fund education on the local property tax—because it creates inequities,” said Eachus. “It is unfair to the children because it means that the quality of the education is based on the property wealth of the district. And it is unfair to the taxpayer because property taxes have nothing to do with one’s ability to pay.”
“Senator Larkin has distorted my position. I am not against the property tax cap.
I do want an overhaul of how we fund education so there is equity for all and we are not putting the taxpayer versus a child’s education. Our taxpayers pay too much in property taxes. This is why we must shift to an income-based tax.”
“I support the efforts of Governor Cuomo who in two years has been able to institute a tax cap, because the hard working middle class needs this protection,” Eachus said.
“Larkin has already resorted to twisting the facts and attacking my position because he does not have a record to run on concerning school taxes. He has fundamentally effected no change in how we fund education in his 34 years in Albany (22 years in the Senate). We need solutions and that’s why I’m running for State Senate,” said Eachus.
Eachus is currently an Orange County Legislator with a record of reducing the county property tax rate. The tax rate has either been cut or remained stable for the last 6 years.