According to wording in the legislation, "Few items are as essential to daily life, our economy, and the health and well-being of our citizens as energy products."
Santabarbara said the elimination of the energy sales tax should not come at the expense of other county taxes. He said the county should rework its spending to accommodate the loss of revenue without increasing other taxes.
"Any decrease in revenue experienced by the county as a result of this exemption, must be offset by the county manager with across the board reductions in equal revenue amounts from all county agencies," according to the drafted legislation.
Legislator Robert Farley, R-Glenville, said he supports Santabarbara's legislation, saying party affiliation should not be an issue in passing this legislation.
"Even the governor came out yesterday and said we have to reduce the cost of heating," Farley said.""