Poll: Would You Pay $12 a Year for Better Roads?

Town of Smithtown government has been criticized for letting its roadways crumble while a $10 million plan to save them lingers without a vote.

Many Town of Smithtown residents have come to Patch, complaining about the horrible shape the roadways are in. They are divided over who to point the finger at, and what to do about it. 

Patch reported Wednesday that , executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island, for his failure to maintain the town's roadways. Desmond went as far as to say Vecchio would be dead before residents would see any improvement in the roadway, and only then recognize how bad off the town's roads truly area. 

His remarked were based on Vecchio's public statement he will not approve of borrowing $10 million over the next two years to help repave more than 120 miles of road and fix 6,000 outstanding sidewalk complaints, . Vecchio believes borrowing the money would put too much of a burden on taxpayers. 

However, Jorgenson claims the $10 million bond would go a long way towards fixing Smithtown's roads, and only cost the average homeowner $1 a month, or $12 per year. 

At that cost, we'd like to ask you: Would you be willing to pay $12 more in taxes a year to see more of Smithtown's roads repaved? 

Argile May 05, 2012 at 08:11 PM
It all starts with $12 and ends with 10 times more that. That's the problem. Vechio doesn't want to burden the Smithtown residents with more taxes. I get that. It's too bad the BOE doesn't think the same way. Smithtown school district just closed a school, lost 300 students and supposedly saved 1 million dollars. Yet the BOE just raised school taxes? I'm sorry but the reason why Smithtown is in shambles is not the fault of Vecchio.
Greg Martinez May 06, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Remember when governments past would say stuff like this? If I recall my history, the federal income tax started at something like 1% for the wealthy. Now look at your federal income tax withholding on your pay-stubs. Not too mention all the other wonderful withholding taxes. Then of course all the sales taxes, cable tv taxes, etc etc etc.
Enough Already May 06, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Government officials in general mismanage money. Too much corruption all around.
Enough Already May 06, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Kings Park isn't too far behind as far as being in shambles goes...forget potholes.. the town has nothing in it but bars and rundown stores
MTM May 06, 2012 at 03:40 AM
With the amount of taxes I pay to the Town of Smithtown, Pat Vecchio should be bringing in my garbage pails for me...ridiculous mismanagement of funds. Maybe less should go to the schools and overpaid Administrators (over 60%) & more to fixing the roads. We need a tax cut, not a tax increase. Get real...
Jonathan Vecchi May 06, 2012 at 01:07 PM
If the government (at all levels) managed our tax payer money as they should, the roads would be fixed at a better and faster rate and we could have a tax decrease. It is shameful what some money goes to or how much more things end up costing at the end of a project. If the government was a business it would have long ago become another empty store in Smithtown
Todd J. Zimmer May 07, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Sadly enough Pat Vecchio is an example of what happens when a politician stays in ofice too long. They become so entangled in the politics of the peoples business they end up getting nothing done. I live in the Country Estates development, across from Country Woods. Mr. Vecchio's son lived a few Courts away and had his home brought in at night on a large truck meant to move homes. The building codes provide that this community can only consist of homes built from scratch on the vacant land that existed here once. The rule didn't seem to apply to the Vecchio's or it seems everyone looked the other way years ago. For our incredibly high taxes, we deserve a better fiscal manager of our money. Time to retire Mr. Vecchio and bring in some new blood. This is not your personal Fiefdom. Fix the roads and don't pass the mess to the next person to fill your spot!
mona May 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Our taxes are way too high already. Use all the endless money collected at just Jericho Tpke and Commack Rd red light camera? Where is that gold mine money going?
VT May 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
$12.here,$15 there, it's never ending and always ends up to be more $$$$$$..How many more taxes can you pile on us? We are at the end of our rope . . Robkoz is correct.. Smart man .
KP LIslander May 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM
So, if they were to float a $10 mil bond which passes, resulting in allegedly ONLY $1 a month on average for the (one) year (i.e. not to be equated with incurring a recurring ongoing cost each subsequent year indefinitely), the questions is - how are taxpayers ensured, ahead of time before they would vote on the bond, that the amount of bond increase of $12 for the one year is actually removed after the one year has elapsed and the bond has been paid for? Why is there no clarification on that from the town, who should, by all rights, be forthcoming with such relevant information?
new guy May 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM
MTM, do you pay taxes? If you did than you would know that the town portion of your taxes are about 8%. Looking to save money....go to your school district. 8%, tour getting a good bang for your buck.
One Opinion May 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I enjoy all the discussion regarding this $10 million highway bond. Your Smithtown school district pays over $14 million a year in interest alone on outstanding debt! That's just the interest payments. Once again everyone misses the big picture on what drives your property tax bill.
Christopher D'Antonio May 19, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Government is the product of all of its constituents, lazy and hardworking, good and bad, corrupt and upright, the claim that government should manage tax payer money "as they should" vies with the wishes, concerns, and desires of 114,999 other residents of the Town of Smithtown. That being said, there is always room for improvement and our voices deserve to be heard and to move policy when concerns are as pressing as simply maintaining the roadways and sidewalks necessary to keep our communities intact.
new guy May 19, 2012 at 01:34 AM
i completely agree with you. thanks for posting.


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