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Making your tax bills easier to understand

— Despite the financial burden placed on the county by state-mandated programs, Onondaga County has been able to maintain a fiscally sound footing with a balanced budget and annual declines in operational costs. Our ability to control spending has allowed us to lower the amount of the state-mandated costs we pass on to taxpayers, but the rapid growth of state-mandated costs will eventually force steep increases in taxes unless New York state can exercise fiscal restraint and reduce the costs of these programs.

The resolution that I recently co-sponsored will remove the “State-Mandated Costs” line from future tax bills and replace it with a “County Tax” line. There will also be a note on your tax bill next year explaining how much of the “County Tax” line is being spent on state-mandated programs. My hope is that the confusion surrounding state-mandated programs is eliminated and taxpayers can clearly see how their tax dollars are being spent.

John Dougherty represents the second district which includes the western portion of the town of Clay. John welcomes constituent feedback, he can be reached by email at john@johndougherty.org

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