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Big tax levy hike stalls Schenectady County budget deal

Legislators hearing public opposition

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County legislators held back on approving the proposed 2013 budget after they couldn’t agree on whether to advance a spending plan carrying a 7.49 percent increase to the tax levy. Legislators abruptly cancelled Wednesday’s scheduled meeting to consider the budget after receiving criticism from a number of residents and business owners during the public hearing on the spending plan Monday. The meeting wasn’t rescheduled and instead, the Legislature’s Democratic super majority met in caucus to ...

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October 18, 2012
10:02 a.m.

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I am a 78yr. old senior with a monthly income of $1200 a month. Just a couple of yrs. ago when the assessment in Sch'dy went sky rocketing, I had to fight to get mine reduced. I live on Ave. A and my assessment was increased to $150,000. There is no way I could ever sell this house for even close to that assessment figure. The city did reduce the assessment to 120,000 which still is way too high for a house which is over 100 yrs old and not much has been done to it. Long story short, my taxes were increased and needless to say, I am having a difficult time paying them. If the city insist on raising taxes again, I will have to sell my family home and honestly don't know where I would live and afford rent! I am handicapped and single, I just cannot absorb anymore taxes. It is a crime what poor management of this city has done to our community. If "x" amount of jobs must be cut than so be it. How much more can I absorb for all their "mistakes"?

October 18, 2012
11:40 p.m.

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