POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. --Taxes was the key issue between Poughkeepsie Town Supervisor Republican Jon Baisley and his Democratic challenger Michael Treybich Wednesday morning.
The two took part in a forum sponsored by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
As supervisor, Baisley touted the town's A1 bond rating and healthy fund balance, along with producing budgets that remain under the state-mandated tax cap on the tax levy, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal .
Treybich criticized the town for having an "absurd" commercial tax rate, 2.5 times higher than the second highest town in Dutchess, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Baisley said the town has a higher tax rate because it is the largest town in Dutchess and because of the services it offers while Treybich said becoming more environmentally friendly could help reduce commercial taxes, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal
Treybich said the town should look into reducing the number of retail businesses while Baisley said the town has been working with the Poughkeepsie Galleria to bring smaller businesses to the mall, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal .
Baisley said his door is always open to those coming into the town looking to start their business. The town has been working with the Poughkeepsie Galleria to bring smaller businesses to the mall, he said, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal .
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