In 2005, when I sold my home in Westchester County, NY, I had to pay a departure tax to my ex-town. Several percent, I kid you not — for the dastardly act of leaving said town which my wife and I, thanks to hard work and good times, had supported with all the other taxes levied on us during our six-year stint there.
Now the Times reveals that the money is needed in part to provide public servants with pensions that are richer than any salaries they've made in their lives. Some are taking voluntary retirement in their forties.
Nice work if you can get it.