St. Lawrence on Tax
Deadbeat Rolls, Again
November 3, 2007
Do you pay your taxes? You would think a town executive who
wants you to return him to office would do the same. For a guy who's
been harping on "Leadership that's Working," he sure isn't holding
up his end of the load. Or maybe that's just his way of making it
work for him. With a $120,000 salary just at Town Hall, Supervisor
St. Lawrence certainly could find a way to manage to pay his village
taxes. The suit that he appears in in the photo above probably cost
more than his village tax bill. The bill that he didn't pay this
year was a little over $500.
Now for a senior on fixed income with medical expenses, village
taxes can be a serious burden, but judging from the list of names on
the warrant sent to the county by Montebello, most of those who
might be suffering far greater hardships have managed to follow the
law and pay their share--the list is not that long. Yet in the year
2007, it once again has the name Christopher P. St. Lawrence, the
third name down on page two. This the fourth warrant sent to the
county for collection of unpaid village taxes with Supervisor St.
Lawrence's name on the list because his "taxes mentioned in the said
account remain unpaid and that after diligent efforts he [the
Montebello collector of taxes] has been unable to collect the same."
If this evasion of paying one's fair share is the result of
arrogance that comes of incumbency, we need a public discussion
about term limits in local politics.
Here are the facts and
This past week, Montebello
sent a Return of Unpaid Village Taxes warrant to Rockland County.
The County will pay the money to the Village, and it will try to
collect from those on the list. In other words, the county taxpayers
(all of us) will pay Chris St. Lawrence's village tax bill, until
and unless he decides to get around to taking care of the debt
Here is page two of
that warrant. You can see the cover page, front and back by clicking
on the links that appear right below page two.
See the cover page at
these locations: Front side
and the reverse side with an explanation
A Matter of Habit?
This is not the first time
St. Lawrence has depended on the rest of us to pay his taxes. The
pages below are from warrants sent out by the Village of Montebello
in 2005, 2003, and 2001. They are the disgraceful record of a public
official whose pursuit of public self-aggrandizement is the worst
that I can recall in the last 40 years in Ramapo.
The implied message--"Do what I say, not
what I do"--is not acceptable from any politician, but especially
not from one who works so hard at and spends so much tax money on
polishing his public persona, whether it's money spent on signs
attached to anything that has the name Ramapo appearing anywhere
near it, to videotaping long, inane "television shows" that are
supposed to be informative. I would just ask that Mr. St. Lawrence
pay his own taxes in the future, on time and in full, as do most of
the rest of us who are struggling with our own combined tax bills. I
don't need bills from my village, the town, the county, and
from 48 Wesley Chapel Road.