Mayor Miner vetoes tax increase for City of Syracuse

Published 05/14 2014 03:34PM

Updated 05/14 2014 03:49PM

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner/NewsChannel 9 WSYR
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has vetoed a proposal from the Common Council to increase taxes.

Councilors said the 1.5 percent tax increase would have added an extra $12 per year for the average homeowner.

They said the increase would be offset by a $30 tax rebate New York State is offering property owners.

In a letter sent to Councilors on Wednesday, Mayor Miner said she mainly objected to the tax increase because, “The process – or the lack of one – the Council utilized to spring a last-minute tax increase on the residents of Syracuse.”

Mayor Miner objected to certain individual amendments passed by the Council, including:

  • Cuts to the Office of the Corporation Counsel
  • Cuts to the Department of Public Works
  • Increases given to the Council, Department of Audit, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and capital projects
In a statement released on Wednesday, the mayor said, “The Council’s lack of notice and public dialogue for their tax increase only serves to add to the public’s discontent with the levels of government they elect to serve their interest.”

The Mayor did not object to the Council’s parking violation proposal adding revenue or the additional funds directed to Say Yes to Education.

The Council now has until June 1 to vote to override the Mayor’s vetoes.

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