Do you think County Executive Maggie Brooks’ “Community
Solution” is the best way to solve the long-term budget gap?
81% – No
19% – Yes
If you answered NO above, which of the following most closely reflects your opinion of how to solve Monroe County’s long-term budget gap?
81% – Cut spending only
30% – Raise taxes and cut spending
4% – Raise the sales tax
4% – Raise the property tax
1% – Raise both sales and property taxes
Poll conducted 11/20/06
We really need to trim back government. My business has felt the pinch, and I don’t think government has had to do the belt tightening that the private sector has. We definitely do not need more taxes, either sales or property. We are in one of the highest-tax-burdened environments in the country and it can’t keep going.
-Peter Wehner, PRW Associates Architects
All of our taxes are going up. Until a change is made regarding entitlements in Albany, we have no choice but to go along. It would be good if county spending could be reduced, but simply refusing to raise property taxes is like hiding your head in the sand.
-Al Schnucker, Schnucker Packaging Inc.
We are continuing to lose people and businesses due to our high taxes. Raising taxes will only accelerate this. Unfortunately, cutting spending will most likely NOT close the budget gap for ’08-’09. Medicaid is too big of a problem.
11/24/06 (C) Rochester Business Journal