Collins v. Marinelli

12 Jan

County Executive Chris Collins went to court to make sure your property tax was raised by 4.8%. The County Legislature went to court to make sure your property tax was raised by 0.0%.

Both lost.

Judge John Michalek ruled that the property tax will be raised by 1.6%. The court found that only one of the legislature’s changes was invalid, and Collins’ promised tax increase would be diminished by 2/3.

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4 Responses to “Collins v. Marinelli”

  1. Mike In WNY January 13, 2009 at 1:06 am #

    The taxpayers lost. All County Officials failed by not putting together a budget with a tax and spending decrease.

  2. HapKlein January 13, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    I find this entire episode of irresponsible non-government absolutely ridiculous.

    To have to resort to the judicial in order to resolve differences between the executive and legislative branches just points up the inept government we have in Erie County.

    It is clearly Bizarroland.

    We have State Based Control Boards, Charter-based County Government and neither seem to provide any clear path to rational resolve to amiable governance.

    It is a spectacle of folly.

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    […] and the Legislature’s 0.0% hike. A Supreme Court Justice ruled that taxes would go up 1.6%. Chris Collins didn’t just raise your taxes, he went to court to make sure he could do it. In April 2009, Collins completely disregarded an effort to implement a regional framework for […]

  2. Chris Collins and the Dictatorship of Petty Bureaucracy | Buffalopundit - December 2, 2014

    […] In the end, it was a choice between a Collins-backed 4.8% property tax hike, and the Legislature’s 0.0% hike. A Supreme Court Justice ruled that taxes would go up 1.6%. Chris Collins didn’t just raise your taxes, he went to court to make sure he could do it. […]

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