SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The people's voice was heard Tuesday night in Schenectady, as residents gathered at the City Council meeting; taxpayers furious over the mayor's plan to raise taxes.
"Get off your duff and take control," said one Schenectady resident at Tuesday night's meeting. That was just one of the messages to the mayor and City Council during the meeting.
Homeowners concerned about tax increases in the budget voiced their concerns. "I keep digging my wife keeps digging into our pockets," said Larry DePaulo.
Over the last 12 years DePaulo has poured a lot of money into his house and said he doesn't need taxes added to the bills.
"We need zero tax increases," said one resident at the meeting.
They didn't quite get zero, but after a five-to-one vote they overrode the mayor's veto. The mayor's vetoed budget would have included a 4.2% property tax increase. However, because of city council's decision to override the veto the rate will increase by 1.7%.