Editorial: Cherry-Picking Not the Business of Local Government

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Being redundant on the editorial page is something we try to avoid, but when it comes to the clear attempt by the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees to levy new fees, but not a level playing field, it is impossible to avoid.

The board on Tuesday adopted a new fee schedule for events on public property. Creating policy and fees is certainly the business of government, and no one should suggest that the village should foot the bill for police and other services needed for successful, and safe, community events. Charging fees is not the problem; it is the attempt to narrowly define which non-profits would be affected that should raise a very large red flag.

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