Monroe County's budget
Opponents are lining up. One of the main complaints comes from business, which fears that the increase would make the region even more uncompetitive.
This could very well be true, but in reading Brooks' analysis, it is clear that inaction is not an option. To close the deficit through cuts, she claims, would require very severe cutbacks, such as closing the Seneca Park Zoo. I would submit that cuts like these would far more damage to our ability to market this community.
That leaves two choices: Increase the sales tax, or increase the property tax. Brooks has made her choice. Here's a look at the Democratic proposal (written by a former colleague.)
Let the debate unfold.