A snow tax is leading to debate in the Monroe County Legislature.
Democratic lawmakers say County executive Maggie Brooks either deliberately misled residents or she is unaware of what is contained in next year's budget.
Democrats held a news conference Wednesday saying, the county executive hid a $5 million snow tax in her proposed budget.
They say Brooks moved the funding source for snow removal in the towns from the tax levy to a separate budget line so homeowners would be hit with an extra fee that would not appear in the tax rate. That would increase a homeowner's total taxes paid by $15 a year for a $100,000 home.
"It turns out, and this was confirmed last night by the administration at last night's committee meeting, that this is a new snow tax in towns, that if this is passed by this legislature will show up on every suburban property tax bill starting in January," said Josh Bauroth, (D), Monroe County Legislator.
Brooks' office responded with a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying:
“The 2013 Budget holds the property tax rate stable for a 9th consecutive year and protects vital funding for snow and ice removal. Instead of addressing the root cause, unfunded State mandates, Legislature Democrats are attacking the County’s solution to best serve the traveling public while simultaneously protecting local taxpayers. Their partisan attacks ring especially hollow considering this is a group that votes against flat property taxes each and every year.”