Most importantly, from the budget we proposed, approximately $18 million in budget reductions were vetoed, and then approved by the Democratic Legislators.
In all, unfunded state mandates and budget vetoes resulted in your tax increase. If these factors were stripped from the county budget, nearly all of your tax increase would have been eliminated. As it stands any money collected by the county goes directly to the state for the mandates that are forced on us.
I rallied against this budget. I fought against this budget. And in the coming months, I will keep fighting to shrink county government, reduce county spending and cut your tax bill. I recently wrote a resolution to the state to help alleviate the local tax burden. This resolution was asking the state to reduce the unfunded mandates handed down to our county. This was passed in the legislature and sent on to the state level.
In the future, I will continue to give you the facts about county government. I will be honest and forthright and do my very best to make the difficult decisions and do what I think is best for you and our county.
Judy Tassone represents the Fourth District, which includes the town of Salina, the village of Liverpool and the southern portion of the town of Clay. Judy welcomes constituent feedback; she can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at home at 457-5458.