Old Greenwich resident and “Senior Hearst Executive” Lincoln Millstone advocates a property tax surcharge on all homes assessed at $1 million and up so as to “redistribute” others’ money to the unions and poor folk in town.
…[I]t brings many benefits. It would further cement the Republican voting bloc in Greenwich which is the working class residents. They will show their appreciation by continuing to support local GOP candidates. The professional class of Greenwich – people like me who get on the train every day to work in Manhattan – do not vote in big numbers in off-year municipal elections. There will be no backlash among this class. Then there is the super wealthy for whom this discussion is largely irrelevant. The thing about local taxes – as opposed to our federal income tax – is that every dollar can be felt in our daily lives, from the annual leaf pickup, to the care and maintenance of our parks, to the housing and other services we provide the elderly.
Millstone has a been a pestilent presence in Greenwich and in his paper for just a few years but clearly,wherever he’s spent the bulk of his 85 years he’s learned nothing of value and now passes his accumulated wisdom on to us. His bland assertion that Greenwich can punish its achievers and still keep them captive within our borders defies even the simplest logic, a level achievable by even a six-year-old, who understands that if you light a bonfire in the chimney Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will find another home to visit. Lincoln must have missed “A Night at the Opera” when he was a child.