Little pain seen for top of county's totem pole
By MATTHEW SPINA
News Staff Reporter
The county executive assures taxpayers that, even if they get strapped with a higher sales tax, the government's belt would tighten with the loss of maybe 200 jobs.
But if Joel A. Giambra gets his way and a sales tax increase is enacted, budget documents portray little pain for the decision-makers - the Erie County Legislature and the county executive.
Giambra's "green budget" - the one financed with a higher sales tax, a new tax on motor vehicles and healthy optimism - presents sacrifices that seem bearable for the Legislature and for Giambra's office on the 16th floor of the Rath County Office Building.