There are certain things that need legislation, and there are certain things that are simply good government. Passing a law that caps future property tax increases at 2.5 percent per year shouldn't be required, it should simply be done to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, this is what the Niagara County Legislature is considering.
Legislator Danny Sklarski, sponsor of the measure that would create a tax stabilization fund "specifies that this money is to be used only to reduce property taxes". Do we really need a law to state that excess revenues should be dedicated to reducing taxes?
The county legislature has done a good job of keeping taxes in check, especially while many counties across the state grapple with the impact of the economic downturn, reducing the tax rate each of the past four years.
But this resolution does the same thing as the state's proposed four percent tax cap - it allows legislators to raise taxes 2.5% each year, and that's too much. Personal incomes are not rising at that rate, nor should our county taxes.
Sklarski's idea of keeping a lid on taxes is an admirable one, but it shouldn't require a law to do it.....just do it.