It is important for readers to be reminded that the county's 8 percent sales tax serves to maintain needed services and infrastructure such as roads, parks, libraries, ECMC, public buildings, Erie County Home, etc. throughout the county.
For anyone to suggest diverting a portion of this necessary revenue elsewhere really reflects the smoke-and-mirrors mentality that undermines our overall quality of life in Erie County.
JOHN M. ORLANDO
American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees