In his quest to attain the county executive's position, Joel Giambra promises to reduce taxes by 30 percent or not seek another term. I assume this reduction would take place over the four-year term and be 7.5 percent yearly.
As the owner of an average, working-class home in Cheektowaga, this would mean a $43.31 yearly reduction for me based on last year's county tax bill. People should be aware that Giambra is only promising to reduce county tax, which is about 18 percent of a homeowner's total tax bill.
County Executive Gorski is citing his performance over the last three terms as a reason to vote for him. The biggest contributor to Gorski's alleged accomplishments has been the good economy and the continuation of the additional 1 percent sales tax.
If either of these men had any concrete plans to meet their promises, they would pledge to voters that they would eliminate the 1 percent "temporary" county sales tax. This would guarantee their victory, and would benefit all segments of the population, not just property owners.
ALEXANDER LODWIG Cheektowaga