Abolishing County Government

12 May

In this episode of “why do we pay you”, the County Legislature wants to abolish a county auto registration surcharge that was imposed in the immediate wake of the late, lamented county budget crisis.

County Executive Chris Collins doesn’t want to do so. He says the legislature is engaging in election-year posturing, and that the fees are expected to raise about $5 million this year. The fees will help “hold down property taxes” and “fix infrastructure”.

While I’m confused by this apparent flip-flop of traditional party political roles, (the Democrats want to cut a fee?! The Republicans want to keep it to help pay for crap?!), it’s ultimately just another argument about a lot of nothing. Even 2 of the 3 Republicans on the Legislature – the ones who aren’t running around trying to out-Collins Collins – are in favor of abolishing this regressive fee.

But I guess when you only control about 20% of your total budget, it comes down to picking stupid nits.

4 Responses to “Abolishing County Government”

  1. lefty May 12, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    You are not confused….You just do not want to admit why Collins is doing what he is doing. It is because you are a narrow minded liberal.

    The Auto fee is something that is paid for by anyone who owns a car. Keeping this fee allows the County to not raise money via property taxes. Property taxes by the way are NOT paid by everyone who lives in a house.

    If people in Section 8 can find a way to drive in an Escalade or someone who is renting an upper unit in North Buffalo can find the money to own 3 cars…..they can pay this fee.

    Maybe…just maybe…if more people in Erie County paid for services instead of expecting the rich property owners in Amherst or Clarence to pick up the tab….they would hold government more accountable as to how they spent money.

    The challenge with WNY is so few people actually PAY for government compared to how many VOTE for who runs the government. People are confused as to why the same people get elected over and over and over again…the answer is simple…most people like the big spend and low accountability politicians because they keep the benefits flowing.

  2. Jim Ostrowski May 12, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Collins is another big government Republican.

    Here’s an idea. Eliminate the fee and cut spending.

    I said all along that the silly philosophy that suckered in the rank and file–running government like a business–is actually a pro-big government approach. If we can run government like a business, why make it smaller?

    Sure enough. Collins has made government bigger.

  3. Mike In WNY May 12, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    Legislator Walter, R – Amherst, has the best plan. Cut the fee and eliminate $5.2 million in annual spending. Virtually everyone agrees that taxes are too high and are an impediment to economic growth. The only responsible way to cut taxes (fees) is with a commensurate spending cut.

  4. buffaloobserver May 12, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    When are people going to realize that this guy Collins is just another slimey self serving politician. He promised not to raise taxes which he did and now this!
    Is he afraid he might have to layoff some of his high;y paid cronies if this revenue stream is turned off?

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