BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Erie County Legislature held its first public hearing on next year's budget Monday night.
Democrats who control the Erie County Legislature say they likely won't be able to balance the budget without the 3.4% property tax hike proposed by County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
The increase would cost an extra $18 a year for someone living in a home assessed at $100,000.
We talked to two legislators at Monday night's meeting about the tax hike.
Democrat Tom Mazur said, "when you take away the $8 million that will be generated by the property tax increase, then you're going to offset a lot of programs and then you'd have a lot of people come in here tonight, who weren't here and their programs would be impacted."
Independent Lynne Dixon is trying to avoid an increase. Dixon said, "We have to find some middle ground and that's what we're going to try to do now, in order to provide the programs and services that people expect without that 3.4% property tax hike."
A number of people from area cultural groups, attended Monday's meeting to urge legislators to honor their requests for funding in the 2013 budget.