Westchester to nix home heating oil tax?

September 9, 2008 5:09:09 AM PDT
Chances are you haven't thought much about heating your home with this winter. But it's likely to be more expensive than ever before. This morning, a new proposal could bring some much needed help. The proposal would eliminate the taxes of home heating oil and natural gas. Some say bring on the relief, others say that plan is fiscally irresponsible.

A new proposal by Westchester County legislature, George Oros would eliminate tax on home heating oil, just in time for the cold weather.

"The price of oil has been going up constantly and I think it would be a big help for the upcoming heating season," said one Westchester County resident.

Oros plans to formally announce his proposal today. He says his plan would save the average family in Westchester $150 this winter.

"There are a lot of working families in Westchester County that will not be able to afford to heat their home, and they're going to have to make some terrible choices to meet their family budgets. And I would like to see Westchester County government contribute a little," George Oros, (R) Westchester County Legislature says.

Oros says the count would make up sales tax with other revenues and spending cuts. Still, some residents are skeptical of the tax break, saying it neglects the bigger picture.

"It's not the tax of oil that's the problem, it's the price of oil that's the problem and no one's addressing that," another Westchester County resident said.

Again, Oros is due to make his formal announcement today.

Stay with Eyewitness News and 7online.com for more on this story during the day.

STORY BY: Jamie Roth WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick

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