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Schenectady homeowner outraged by proposed tax hike


SCHENECTADY -  A Schenectady homeowner is outraged over a proposed property tax hike and has put up a sign in front of her home in protest.

"I loved Schenectady and would stay here the rest of my life but yeah, I can't find anyone who would be willing to move to Schenectady with the taxes the way they are," Linda Lugthart, a Schenectady homeowner said.

Linda Lugthart bought her two family home on Baker Avenue back in 2005. She was born and raised in the city, she planned to stay here. But not anymore - Lugthart wants out. She said she's angry that both the county and the city are proposing property tax hikes.

In Schenectady County, legislators voted last week to break the 2 percent state tax cap, looking to increase property taxes by a whopping 7.49 percent. The city is also proposing an increase of up to 4.1 percent. Lugthart tells News 10 she just can't afford it.

"It just means less of a discretionary income to be able to spend on things that we need," Lugthart said.

Lugthart isn't alone. Her father, John Richmond owns three properties in Schenectady and said he's barely getting by. He explained that while taxes are going up, the value of his homes have gone down. Mayor Gary McCarthy has said the hike is needed in part to make up for homeowners who haven't been paying and have gone into foreclosure. Richmond though was critical of that.

"It just seems ironic that we have to pay more taxes because there's other people that can't pay taxes, so what's the answer raise taxes?" Richmond said.

Both Schenectady County and the City of Schenectady have several public hearings on the matter before they vote.

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