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November 15, 2012

Budgets highlight need for mandate relief

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In Delaware County, lawmakers aren’t shying away from tax increases, having voted unanimously in October to seek the public’s approval to exceed the mandated property tax cap. By law, the county must put the increase to a public vote, and the proposal must be approved by a 60 percent majority. 

Delaware, like many other counties, is facing rising employee health care and retirement costs. These fixed costs fly in the face of the idea of the tax cap, which suggests that counties need only tighten their belts to stay within the cap. 

As Imperato suggests, things are already pretty tight out here. We wonder if Albany realizes just how tight they are. 

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