UTICA- Utica City Lawmakers enacted a law at the end of February to exceed New York State's 2% property tax cap, and some council members weren't in favor.
Councilman Joe Marino (D) 4th ward, voted against it. Marino said in an interview on Friday said he felt it was too risky because he felt they didn't have enough information.
A couple other reasons why he didn't vote in favor: 1. He said raising taxes gives people a safety net, and he feels people won't work as hard. 2. He said he wants Utica residents to get what they pay for in taxes, and he feels this tax cap override wouldn't do that.
"I don't mind taxes so much as long as I get what I pay for. Doesn't seem to be any increase in service with an increase in taxes, so therefore I was against raising the property tax levee above 2 percent," said Marino.
Samantha Colosimo Testa was also opposed to the tax cap override.