At a ceremony Saturday in his hometown of Roosevelt, legendary rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy said he is proud to tell the world of his love for this poor square mile within affluent Nassau County, where he still owns a house. But in his closing remarks he sounded more like thousands of frustrated Roosevelt homeowners: "The taxes are way too high."No doubt.
True that. So it's easy to understand why voters last week rejected Roosevelt's school budget: In a community that pays the highest property taxes in the county relative to values - and gets the poorest performing school district for its dollars - the proposed 7 percent hike was undoubtedly too much to bear.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Chuck D, Supply-Sider?
A Newsday editorial today reports that Public Enemy's Chuck D recently spoke about the tax climate in his hometown, Roosevelt, L.I.: