Local leaders, including those on the Republican-led Fulton County Board of Supervisors, often complain about state and federal tax increases and new fees, and they should. New taxes and fees usually are bad policy.
Yet, the county board now is considering tacking a new surcharge onto county residents' cellphone bills. The 30-cent-per-month fee on cellphones and other wireless devices used in the county could generate $90,000, says county Sheriff Thomas Lorey, who wants the money to help pay for the county's emergency 911 system.
The county board scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for 1:30 p.m. March 12 at the County Office Building. Members of the public should attend the meeting and oppose the possible new law.
We agree with a comment earlier this week by Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born, who, speaking at a meeting, said the surcharge is "just another tax on the taxpayers."
Thirty cents a month may not sound like much, but add that fee to all the other fees, bills, surcharges and taxes people are burdened with every month, and suddenly dimes turn into quarters, dollars, hundreds of dollars and thousands of dollars. Government never can seem to squeeze enough out of hard-working citizens, many of whom barely are getting by in Fulton County.
If the county needs to put more money toward the operation of the 911 system, it should find a place to cut $90,000 and transfer the funds. Give the public a break.