the village has all the restauerants, clubs bars , and is close to the college,its more like livig in a tiny city but its safe and you could walk to all.The town is much more quiter and is more family oriented... more
Another major reason why taxes are so high in New Paltz is because we are a town/village which has actively taken measures to keep many large businesses (mainly chains and franchises, like Lowe's, Taco Bell, and Walmart, etc) out of our tax district. We've done this because many people here like to keep that "small town" feel--it encourages diversity and it helps smaller, local business owners to have a chance to thrive. Our town planning board has operated in this sort of way for a long time.
Though most locals appreciate the benefits of this situation, the price we pay for this vibrant small-town environment comes in the form of higher taxes for the residents. Q: Why is that? A: Usually, large national/multinational corporations make large contributions to the municipal coffers, first "buying their way in" to be allowed to develop and open their storefronts, then through relatively larger sums of taxes paid on their massive revenues. Our comparatively smaller, more local businesses, do not pay as much tax to the village/town, but in the end more of the money spent in New Paltz stays in New Paltz, getting spent again in New Paltz.
People who prioritize low taxes (and the massive parking lots and corporate sprawl that comes with it) over what many of us deem a higher quality of life generally make their homes nearby in Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, or another small town that may not be quite as vibrant. Life is all about tradeoffs...... more
New Paltz is a very interesting area enlivened by the College (State University). It is especially good if you like the arts and outdoor activities. Many trails for walks and even mountains to climb. I moved here from Queens in 1970 for the sheer beauty of the place.
The village and the town are political entities that co-exist in geographic proximity. Essentially the down town or older area is the village and the surrounding area is the town. This is an oversimplification of course but it sizes it up pretty accurately.
There is much more to talk about. Do you have specific questions? Have you ever visited?