County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, C-West Seneca, found a way to give the Legislature credit for County Executive Mark Poloncarz's proposing a budget with a tax cut of a penny.
"After he tried to raise taxes on Erie County residents in the past, he has finally received the message that a majority of the Erie County Legislature will not let that happen," Lorigo said in a statement. "In fact, the checks and balances provided by our Majority Caucus has allowed for three consecutive tax rate decreases. We have continued to prioritize taxpayers, by delivering the services county residents have come to expect without the need to increase taxes."
It's true the tax rate would fall to $4.94 per $1,000 of assessed value, compared with $4.95 this year. But the tax levy – the total amount of money being raised in county property taxes – is actually going up due to rising property values and new construction.
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