Erie County Republican Chair Blasts Democrats’ Sales-Tax Power Grab

June 20, 2024
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Erie County Republican Chair Blasts Democrats’ Sales-Tax Power Grab


Buffalo, NY — Erie County Republican Chairman Michael Kracker released the following statement in response to the Legislature Democrats’ sales-tax power grab:


“Today, the Erie County Legislature Democrats moved to seize control over the County’s sales tax system. This underhanded scheme is designed to silence voters and hand unprecedented power to Mark Poloncarz and the County Democratic machine. By granting themselves and the County Executive unchecked authority over sales tax distribution, Erie County Democrats aim to remove elected Republican Legislators and prevent taxpayers from having any say in how their sales tax is managed.


For decades, the current system has ensured bipartisan collaboration in County Hall, benefiting taxpayers across Erie County. Last year, both parties achieved significant victories, including lowering the property tax levy and eliminating sales tax on home energy bills during winter months. This will set the table for the Democrats to dismantle this effective system and eventually amend the sales tax formula to redistribute revenue. They will no doubt use this as an opportunity to bail out mismanaged, Democrat-led municipalities like the City of Buffalo, while forcing massive tax increases on suburban and rural communities.


This effort has been strongly opposed by local officials from both parties. I thank our Republican Caucus for defending taxpayers and rejecting this crooked scheme. Together, we will continue to fight for the best interests of taxpayers in Erie County.”