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Proposed Increases Would be Burden on City Taxpayers

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Rochester: Proposed Increases Would be Burden on City Taxpayers
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rochester Mayor, Tom Richards is calling on Monroe County Executive, Maggie Brooks to lift proposed tax increases on several new or enhanced service taxes.

The Mayor says the proposed increases would be a burden for city taxpayers.

Richards sent a letter to Brooks and other county leaders Wednesday. He says the County's 2014 Proposed Budget would double the amount the city pays to the county to house un-arraigned prisoners.

Richards says the county is also wants to charge the city for maintaining traffic signals, something he says hasn't been done since the county assumed responsibility of them in 1971.

In all, Richards says the proposed tax increases would raise taxes for residents and businesses by some 5.2 percent.

Richards' letter says although he understands the county's goal of not raising county property taxes, it would do exactly that to city residents, who live in Monroe County.

County spokesman, Justin Feasel released the following statement: "The implication that the County does not support City Government is nonsense. This year, Monroe County will provide the City over $140 million in sales tax revenue, which subsidizes nearly 30 percent of the City budget. The 2014 County Budget reflects the actual cost of providing these two services, which are provided exclusively to the City of Rochester." ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP