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Editorial: You Just Have to Pass It Along

One of our favorite songs – of all times – is What’s the Use from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. It talks about life being “just passing money along.”

That in life and politics and government, you just have to pass the money along, from one hand to another.

It could be the theme of the current proposal of the Mangano administration.

They want to keep the campaign promise not to raise property taxes so they are finding all ways to keep that from happening – by passing the tax increases on to other institutions.

Unfortunately nothing hides the fact that the taxpayer is the one that hands off the dollars that everyone else is playing with.

Added to the tax problem is the industry that profits from it, the certiorari firms. They send letters out to taxpayers offering their help to get money back from the county. Why not, they get half the refund money? The funds kept by the county have been given 9 percent interest. The certiorari firms have kept submitting the claims year after year since there was no penalty from trying to get money back from the county. We are told the firms do send a yearly fee of $35 to the taxpayer for the service when they don’t win, but keep trying – and clogging the system.

Well now, if you remember the words you can sing along with us.

“It’s wrong, oh, so wrong, if you just have to pass it along.”

So the next time you see someone in the Mangano administration, just hum a few bars of the song. It’s not so bad that they want to find a way to avoid taxing us directly – it’s just annoying that they think they can fool us into believing it.