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Broadalbin taxpayers should be able to use Broadalbin Beach

In the world of business, financial investment is usually well planned. A well-developed plan not only looks forward to the rewards but also addresses any potential roadblocks to the plan’s success.

Once the financial plan is launched, it is continuously monitored for good results and watches for signs of the previously identified roadblocks. Prior to launch, the investment plan would have provided the steps needed to reduce or eliminate the effects of any roadblock.

A result of a well-planned financial investment is a return on the investment or ROI. In business, this can result in improved profits either through better cash flow or through efficiency improvements that improve long-term profits.

This should be no different when evaluating taxes. What benefits should a property taxpayer expect from the government? Some local benefits are improved (required) infrastructure, care and facilitation of services that the taxpayers expect, and leadership that is able to identify the difference between waste and support of community-centered services.

One example I will use is the Broadalbin Beach. I am told that the town can’t afford the beach. As taxpayers in the town of Broadalbin, is it too much to ask that local taxpayers can cool themselves in the waters of the Great Sacandaga? Should we not consider that part of our “return on investment” for the high property tax rates we pay?

We watch the news of crowded beaches in New York City and wonder who are the local politicians we have angered so we are unable to enjoy our God-given natural resources (a “return on investment” for the community.)

Same state, same pandemic, but a very different benefit offered to the local citizens.

MARK F. BOHNE

Broadalbin

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