Posted at: 12/03/2012 4:58 PM
Updated at: 12/03/2012 7:28 PM
County Executive Maggie Brooks is reacting to claims by the democratic party that she included a “snow tax” in her 2013 budget plan.
Monroe County Democrats say the so-called “charge back” is really a tax because it shows up separately on people's county property tax bills. At a news conference last week, the democrats also claimed it was deliberately hidden in Brooks's 800 page budget.
Brooks says very simply, this is not a tax.
Maggie Brooks, County Executive, said, "There is no question that the cost of services are going up at every level of government and we have found a fair and equitable way to subsidize services that have been provided for years. This is not a new service, this is something we have always provided and we have found a fair and equitable way to pay for that service without raising taxes. I think that's a good thing for the community. We don't control the majority of the dollars that we spend in Monroe county, and until we change that we're going to have to look for creative ways, we're going to have to find ways to pay for increases in service without raising taxes, and we've done that."
Brooks says this is a cost that will be split across the county with the exception of the City of Rochester which pays for its own snow and ice removal. The charge totals $15s for every $100,000 a home is assessed at.