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Schenectady County to state: Pay our half

"My job there as a legislator is to reflect my constituents " the people who put me here. They're saying, 'enough is enough.' We're in a real financial mess, but I personally don't think we'll see any difference or change [from this tax increase]."

Legislator Robert Farley, R-Schenectady, who voted against the millionaire tax as it was presented, introduced an amendment, penned that evening, proposing the tax be passed in conjunction property tax cap come along with it. This cap proposal was in spirit of the one passed by the State Senate that applies to school taxes.

The language in Farley's amendment criticized the county legislature for increasing property taxes more than necessary and specifically notes the body's Democratic majority.

"This is an insult to other legislatures. It's somewhat disgraceful. I'm simply not going to vote on something that blames us for every ill in the world," said Vincent DiCerbo, D-Schenectady, of Farley's amendment.

A workshop about the budget was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 15. See spotlightnews.com for updates to this story.""

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