County schedules public hearing to consider possible override of cap on tax levy increase
There will be a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 21, where the public can speak on the question of whether the county government should pass a resolution to override the state's property-tax cap.
The County Legislature is considering passing the resolution as a safety valve in case budget constraints require it to increase the tax levy above the state's 2-percent limit.
Passage of the resolution does not mean the tax levy will increase above the tax cap amount, but it will provide the legislature with that option if during budget discussions it's deemed necessary.
The hearing will be held in the Old Courthouse, 7 Main St., Batavia.
Rather, I would like to see the Legislature pass a resolution that if they can't meet NYS's unfunded mandates forced on us by Albany, then Genesee County will withhold the taxes owed to NYS in the amount equal to the shortfall and use them to pay the bills. Let's play hardball for a change.