August 3, 2010

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Three Orange County towns join payroll tax lawsuit

ORANGE COUNTY – The towns of Chester, Deerpark and Monroe are going to join a Nassau County lawsuit seeking to get rid of the payroll tax that helps fund the MTA. The New York transportation agency operates Metro-North trains in the Mid-Hudson Counties.

On Monday night, the Chester, Monroe and Deerpark town boards voted to join forces with the Long Island county.

Chester Town Supervisor Steven Neuhaus said this could be the “last opportunity” to challenge the tax.

“There is really no other opportunity,” he said. “The governor’s race doesn’t look like anybody is going to repeal this law so Nassau County stepped up to the plate.” School districts, municipalities and some businesses have joined forced to try to repeal the law.

In Deerpark, Town Supervisor Karl Brabenec said the town board feels the tax is “another unnecessary burden to our taxpayers.”

He encouraged other municipalities and businesses in the region to join in the fight to repeal the tax.


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