A Vision for the Future

Holding the Line on Property taxes

Promoting business, growing our economy, and keeping young families in Monroe County are among Dr. Joe’s top priorities. These things can only be accomplished by continuing to keep the local property tax rate flat. Raising taxes is not the answer, and it will never be the answer. A flat property tax rate gives new businesses confidence to enter the community, allows existing businesses to grow and most importantly, allows families to stay in their neighborhoods and homes for years to come.

Creating and Retaining Local Jobs

In order to ensure the economic well-being of our community, it is important that we create and retain local jobs through smart investments that enhance and encourage private businesses of all sizes. Dr. Joe’s priorities are to join public and private forces in a productive strategy to identify and target new growth and new opportunities in industries like optics, healthcare, education, food and beverage, alternative energy, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Joe will continue to support economic development initiatives that have helped create and retain over 100,000 jobs over the last ten years.

Controlling Spending

Dr. Joe is a proud supporter of the Monroe County Taxpayer Protection Act, a first-of-its-kind local cap on discretionary spending. With mandated spending now consuming 85% of Monroe County’s 2017 Budget, the challenge of providing vital quality of life services without raising taxes is more difficult than ever. Despite the crushing burden of state and federal mandates, Dr. Joe will stand-strong in support of annual balanced budgets that hold the line on property taxes, comply with the New York State Property Tax Cap, and control costs by streamlining services and increasing efficiencies.