Mayor Miner vetoes proposed property tax hike

Mayor Miner has vetoed the amendment on the city budget that called for a tax hike for Syracuse City residents. The Common Council announced their proposal to raise property taxes on May 7.

â??I realize raising taxes is occasionally necessary for a government that must deliver basic vital services. But it is just as important at all times that the public be aware of, and included in, any discussion about new taxes and spending,â?? said Mayor Miner in her veto message. â??The Councilâ??s lack of notice and public dialogue for their tax increase only serves to add to the publicâ??s discontent with the levels of government they elect to serve their interest.â??

Miner also vetoed proposed cuts to the Office of the Corporation Counsel and the Department of Public Works, increases given to the Common Council, Department of Audit, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and capital projects.

The Common Council has until June 1 to vote to override the Mayorâ??s vetoes.