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County residents can’t afford another tax hike

Thanks to The News for exposing the high-dollar cost of health care subsidized by the taxpayers. Between the county, city and Buffalo School District, the cost burden averages about $14,000 per year per person for current employees and retirees. For retirees, this is in addition to their state tax-free pensions, and for current employees, in addition to their salaries and wages. The total is approximately $300 million.
On top of all this, County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants a tax increase. I think it is about time that the taxpayers get a break for a change. In this troubled economy, it is time to take a fresh, new look at these abuses.
Richard Speth
Buffalo