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Citizens can’t afford another tax increase

As a property taxpayer, I find myself in opposition to any increase in county taxes. Let’s be serious – a 3.4 percent increase? An increase in school taxes, and a proposed increase in town taxes? Where does it stop?
It was just announced that Social Security recipients would receive a 1.7 percent increase, most of which will be eroded by increases in health care costs.
Most people in the private sector, as well as retirees, are struggling to make ends meet. Everywhere we turn, the cost of living is rising precipitously. In light of the present economic situation, increasing the cost of government at any level is unconscionable.
We as taxpayers can no longer afford to pay extravagant salaries and fringe benefits to the public sector. We can no longer overlook the waste in management and operation of government programs and projects.
We need a new direction. It’s called streamline, economize, live within a budget and do without when necessary, just as we in the private realm have to do everyday.
Frank A. Sikorski
Board of directors, Depew/
Cheektowaga Taxpayers Association