Shock and uncertainty are emotions few people long to experience. Unfortunately, our area received word recently that the NRG plant, to put it nicely, is considering its options.
At a time when gas and grocery prices are soaring, an increase in taxes would put more than a slight strain on the wallets of our county taxpayers. The potential loss of $10 million in a county tax base is a concept few can logically grasp.
The list of unanswered questions is lengthy: Will my property taxes go up? What will happen to an abandoned plant? Is there another company willing to buy the NRG plant to keep the plant functioning locally?
Public entities do not pay taxes to fund county services. You do. Private businesses do. The public and the people you care about already understand the economic security of our future depends fully on the development of private businesses.
No businesses? No future.
What can we do? Of course, sending e-mails and calling state officials to lobby our cause simply can't be talk around the water cooler. If you've never contacted officials before, just take your finger to the computer keyboard or to the phone dial. Every voice matters.
For those of you concerned, here are the numbers and e-mail addresses for you to voice your concerns to the state leaders:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Call (518) 474-8390 or e-mail www.governor.ny.gov/contact
Hon. Sheldon Silver, Assembly Speaker. Call (518) 455-3791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Call - or e-mail - now.
But there is something else you can do. Take a minute to thank your local businesses for providing services and goods to you. Seriously. Whether you are locally picking up a pizza, buying a car, shopping for a birthday card, grooming your dog or getting a manicure, thank the private businesses for paying the taxes that give you the quality of life we have in this fine county.
Choosing inaction is something our county truly can't afford.