Onondaga County mayors, elected officials oppose plan to eliminate SALT deductions
MANLIUS, N.Y. —
Besides the regular topics at Wednesday night's meeting for the Onondaga County Association of Mayors and Elected Officials was a major point of discussion — the elimination of state and local tax deduction (SALT).
SALT elimination is a provision in the tax reform proposals forwarded by Republicans in Congress — legislation that was scheduled to go to a vote on Thursday. The group of area mayors and elected officials gathered in Manlius to denounce the elimination of SALT and called on New York's congressional delegations to oppose it.
"The SALT must be preserved without any limitations or modifications," said Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson.
Village of Minoa Mayor Bill Brazill said he's not completely against the tax bill, just the part removing the SALT deduction. He said the villages and people will be hit the hardest should this legislation pass.
"People live pay check to pay check. And when they get to do their taxes, they are always looking for that rebate, and anything they can deduct is a plus," Brazill said. "And this is one of the things that they are going to take away from us. This is something that will definitely affect our community especially, and any community really."
A couple that has lived in Manlius for more than 40 years attended the forum with many questions, hoping to learn more about the GOP tax bill.
"We are on a fixed income for the most part and we are just trying to figure out 'where are the dollars?' and 'what are you going to have the ability to use it in the best of your knowledge?'" said Judy Darezinski.
Mayor Olson said the potential for a small corporate tax changing from 40 percent to 20 percent is a big win. But since New York's tax rates are already high, this change could only add to that burden.
"It effects everything that a village resident does, and we want our congressman to realize that you're not just a number, but it's a person, and it's a place. People choose to live in villages and we want them to continue to choose to stay here, but if they can't afford to, then they will move out of state," Olson said.
U.S. Rep. John Katko, who represents New York's 24th Congressional District, said earlier this week that he plans to vote "yes" on the tax bill. He's convinced it would lower taxes for residents in the area.