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Mayor vetoes tax rollback vote

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Home ownership comes with an expense no one can dodge - property tax.

Eric Motsinger, Burton resident, said getting any break on taxes is a good thing.

"Less money I have to spend the more to put into the actual family," Motsinger said.

In 2013 during tough financial times Burton turned to taxpayers to help keep city services afloat. The voters said yes to paying a little extra.

"I reported to the residents back in 2013 if things start getting better we're going to revisit this and we are," Financial Chief Vaughn Smith said.

With property values on the upswing council members decided it was time to roll back some of the burden. They voted to reduce the general fund tax by seven-tenths of a mill, an average cut of about $20 each tax bill to city homeowners. The Burton mayor was quick to veto the council's decision. She was concerned about the $400,000 of city revenue lost.

"I had to force them to come back to the table and really think about what they had done," Mayor Paula Zelenko said.

The council had a special meeting to discuss the cut and its potential.

Zelenko said she's concerned the loss of revenue could impact city infrastructure projects and other city services.

"That's my concern and that's why I had to veto," she said.

Councilman Smith said the city owes it to its taxpayers and any extra money should be put back in their pockets.

"Why don't we give some of the money back to the residents who haven't been enjoying as much of the increases as others have," Smith said.

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