Republicans rebuff plan to reduce county taxes
wanted to use surplus funds to cut taxes in every Orange County municipality.
Lawmakers are reviewing a budget proposed last month by County Executive
Joe Rampe that is expected to lower the county tax rate in 20 of 23
cities and towns next year.
Three towns would see increases, according to county projections. Goshen's
rate would increase by 5.8 percent; Wallkill's by 3.8 percent; and Warwick's
by 1.6 percent.
"I think it could provide some meaningful relief to taxpayers,"
Republicans strongly rejected the idea. They said it would deplete
the surplus, force the county to raise taxes in other years and set
a tough precedent for cutting taxes in every municipality.
"This is a major mistake if we go along with this today,"
said Republican Majority Leader Eddie Diana of Goshen.
Rampe has proposed drawing $17 million from a $51 million general fund surplus to help balance next year's budget.
That's the same amount that was used this year.
His $372 million proposed budget would require $62 million in property taxes, the same sum collected this year to support the budget. The Legislature has until Nov. 15 to return the proposal to Rampe with any changes.
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