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Schenectady residents voice anger over budget

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Residents alternated between scolding, lecturing and outright yelling at the City Council on Monday as they voiced their opinions on the budget — and its 4.18 percent tax increase. “Nobody’s thinking about the seniors!” resident Marva Isaacs shouted. “These people are leaving their houses because they cannot pay these taxes. We need these taxes to go down. Have some consideration!” That comment stung Councilwoman Leesa Perazzo, who responded later by saying, “I take exception to ...


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SchenectadyScott
October 23, 2012
4:19 p.m.

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"That comment stung Councilwoman Leesa Perazzo, who responded later by saying, “I take exception to comments that we are not taking consideration for our elderly.”

She argued that as a one-income household, she has “skin in the game” because she has no one else to help her pay her taxes.

But she asked for constructive ideas, not criticism, for the $78.88 million budget. For the average property owner with a house assessed at $100,000, taxes would go up $56 next year, to a total of $1,391."........Then she should of voted down the Deal with her boss Chris Gardener on the County Sales tax staying the same as it has been since 1998...and not speaking up when the mayor fired Jason Cuthbert.....crocodile... tears. I would be happy to have a public sector job like hers at Proctors receiving pay from the taxpayer in many forms..to pay for her skin...

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