Mahoney blocks budget changes, Republicans appalled

To override the vetoes, we needed 13 votes or a two-thirds majority of the legislature. Unfortunately, the Republican caucus has only 12 members. The Republican legislators remained united, and voted unanimously to override all but one of the vetoes. As a direct result of not being able to override the majority of the vetoes, over $18,000,000 will now be added back to the tax levy thereby increasing your property taxes.

Over the next year, the Republican legislators will continue to be a steward of taxpayer funds. It is with great sorrow that we are forced to deliver this year's budget with the increases it contains; especially without any use of the $120,000,000 in funds that have been previously taxed for.

This letter to the editor was submitted by the Republican Legislators of the Onondaga County Legislature. They are: Rich Lesniak representing District 1; John Dougherty - District 2; Bill Meyer - District 3; Judy Tassone - District 4; Kathy Rapp - District 5; Jim Rhinehart - District 6; Jim Corbett - District 8; Kevin Holmquist - District 10; Pat Kilmartin - District 11; Bob DeMore - District 12; Bob Warner - District 13; and Casey Jordan - District 14.

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