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Schenectady County’s proposed budget includes tax hike of 7.49%

Kathleen Rooney presents the budget at the Schenectady County Legislature on Monday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Kathleen Rooney presents the budget at the Schenectady County Legislature on Monday.
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Schenectady County Manager Kathleen Rooney proposed a 2013 budget that would increase property taxes increase by 7.49 percent after legislators soundly approved an override of the state-mandated tax cap. Rooney’s budget proposed to county legislators Monday includes a total of $296,038,600 in spending. Spikes in mandated costs means the Legislature will need to raise more than $69.24 million in taxes. “The cumulative effect of the cost in these mandates has caused us to take a ...


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jimsquest
October 2, 2012
4:10 a.m.

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Now if only I could convince my employer to give me a 7.49% raise to cover this tax increase in Schenectady city and county taxes.

I was warned by friends not to move to Schenectady, but I ignored the warnings. How foolish of me.

mezz3131
October 2, 2012
5:24 a.m.

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Simple solution. Cut welfare spending. Schenectady County hands out welfare benefit cards like Halloween treats. Maybe it is time to start denying people. Other county's are doing it. That is why they come here!

mstella
October 2, 2012
6:50 a.m.

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Vote NO to this huge tax increase!

dod
October 2, 2012
8 a.m.

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Right on, Mezz. The welfare benefit package is huge in Schenectady and the oversight on the fraud is practically non-existent. It's so easy to get on welfare here, I was thinking about going to apply myself. What the heck? It's technically my money they are giving away anyway. And if they give money to people with active warrants, there's no way I'm going to be denied. I'll just go in there with an entitled attitude like the rest of the dregs.

jonw757
October 2, 2012
9:59 a.m.

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If only I could actually sell my house i'd be out of here. Luckily they have screwed anyone that actually lives in Schenectady we can't even get out.

SchenectadyScott
October 2, 2012
1 p.m.

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The answer is to vote out these elected officials that follow Capo-Boss Gardener and his mouthpiece Gary Hughes who defied the cries of The People, Fired City Budget Analyst Jason Cuthbert, former and current Schenectady County and subsidized workers who will be receiving pensions and benefits, Leeza Perazo, Denise Brucker, Marion Porterfield, and Gary McCarthy...All of whom that bullied their flawed view over the protests of the People, Cuthbert, Riggi, and Erickson. This is what you get when "Working Together Works" The Democratic Party Motto for Schenectady.

ThePhilistine
October 2, 2012
5:16 p.m.

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Are you kidding me! Cut the welfare services down to the min required levels and stop taking non residents and giving them welfare. The government is out of their minds.

MDogsMom
October 2, 2012
5:43 p.m.

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The county took more than their fair share of the sales taxes and they're STILL giving us this kind tax increase???? WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!

poupore
October 3, 2012
4:08 p.m.

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“People need to listen to the public, and the public is saying no more taxes,” he said following the meeting.

That's right, the public says enough is enough. I hope we all remember who voted for this tax increase during the next election cycle. I'm a registered dem, have been my whole life, but I just can't continue supporting a party that treats other people's money like a bottomless piggy bank. That money comes from real people, who are all struggling. This tax increase is INSANE and I hope that hundreds to people attend the October 15th meeting to voice opposition. I know I will be there. And don't forget you can email your county legislators: legislature@schenectadycounty.com

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