Letter: Stefanik Gets Facts Wrong on Cobb’s Record

Voters want the facts, not “gotcha” name-calling and “hyper-political” rhetoric.

Voters want the facts, not “gotcha” name-calling and “hyper-political” rhetoric.

Elise Stefanik is labeling Tedra Cobb a “tax and spend liberal.” Stefanik claimed that Cobb voted to increase taxes more than 20 times as a St. Lawrence County legislator. By checking the source, https://www.stlawco.org/Departments/BoardofLegislators/BoardMeetingMinuteArchives, you find the Stefanik campaign repeatedly misread or purposely misled. Its statements are mostly flat-out wrong. At taxntedra.com, a deceptive chart shows progressively increased tax levies. This reflects economic growth and inflation but not an increase in the tax rate.

Stefanik seemingly confused tax levy, tax rate and assessed valuation. From 2007 to 2011, the tax levy increased by 21.15 percent; the assessed valuation increased by 24.56 percent; and the tax rate decreased by 2.72 percent, from $8.5726 to $8.3390 per $1,000. Neither sales taxes nor mortgage filing taxes increased.

Actual tax increases were three:

1) Minor expansion of the “bed tax” to include establishments with less than six beds, which spread the tax burden to tourists and alleviated need for increased property taxes;

2) Minor increase in tipping fees from dumping contaminated soil;

3) Minor increase in filing fees at county clerk office.

All measures passed with large bipartisan majorities.

Elise Stefanik also has a voting record:

1) She voted to end the Affordable Care Act, making it unlikely that many could qualify for (pre-existing conditions) or afford quality health insurance;

2) She tried to take away women’s and men’s reproductive health care services by voting to defund Planned Parenthood;

3) She voted to eliminate overtime pay for low-income workers.

Washington insider Stefanik has millions of dollars from outside of NY-21. Tedra will not be an “insider” beholden to outside donors. Tedra will work for us, meet with us, listen to us — the folks she represents. Please support Tedra Cobb with your donations and your vote.

Janice L. Charles, Three Mile Bay

The writer is founder and retired chief executive officer of the North Country Children’s Clinic.

From a Letter to the Editor originally published in the Watertown Daily Times dated July 20, 2018.

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