Thursday, August 16, 2007

Celebrate Your Good Fortune, Citizens!

Break out the party hats, uncork the champagne, because WKTV has some great news!

Listen up shoppers!

You'll soon see a lower overall sales tax in Oneida County-- and just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Hallelujah! All this time we thought the tax hike was a bad thing, but it turns out it's actually a big ol' Christmas present!

All sarcasm aside, you just witnessed the unbelievable spectacle of our crack local media cheerleading a tax hike. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the number of station staffers that sit on the boards of non-profit agencies drawing money from the County. Purely a coincidence.

The "Oneida County Board of Legislators" has voted to lower the sales tax from nine percent to 8.75-percent. Even a cursory reading of the actual measure would demonstrate that the Oneida County Board of Legislators didn't vote to lower the sales tax. They voted to impose a new tax that takes effect immediately after the expiration of the old tax. This isn't a matter of semantics, but of accuracy.