To the editor: Understanding your tax bill

In response to concerns regarding the 2011 town/county tax bills, please allow me the opportunity to help the taxpayers residing in the town of Elbridge (outside the villages) understand the bill. The line item listed on the tax bill as state mandated costs is actually a tax levied by the Onondaga County Legislature. Taxpayers in Elbridge will see their tax bill increase 78 percent for that line item. If you have any questions regarding this outrageous increase, please contact your county legislator or the County Executive. Also I would suggest if the county wishes to be more transparent, the line item should be identified as a county tax. For other line item tax rates on your bill, including town government services and highway, please contact me. Those rates actually decreased.

Ken Bush Jr.

Town of Elbridge Supervisor

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