Another DUH! moment here in America's first and oldest suburb.
A Newsday/Siena Research Institute Poll concludes that a majority of Long Islanders (or at least those who have not been in a coma for the past decade) believe that property taxes are the number one concern.
The statisticians can run the numbers and tell us what they mean. We already know. A tax burden that is crippling economic growth and bankrupting the populace.
We belabor this point only because, even without the myriad polls, studies, and independent research, Long Islanders are too often faced with unacceptable choices.
Food on the table or property taxes.
New clothes for the kids or property taxes.
College tuition or property taxes.
Fill that prescription or property taxes.
Property taxes are driving businesses and homeowners alike off Long Island, and that can only bode disaster for our economic stability and potential for real growth.
And what's fueling the property tax? School district (all 124 of them) taxes.
We love our schools. We can no longer, however, feed their insatiable appetites for the almighty dollar.
The cash cow is hereby pronounced dead. The death of the property tax, at least that part of which is the basis for funding Long Island's schools, must follow.
Barring significant -- and real (no ersatz STAR rebates) -- property tax relief, sooner rather than later, the poor house will supplant home ownership on Long Island, and we don't need a poll to tell us what that means for the future of suburbia east of NYC.