Tax Rally

February 5, 2011 Updated Feb 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 5, 2011 Updated Feb 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Taxpayers and some local government officials protested in downtown Buffalo Saturday afternoon. They are upset with County Executive Chris Collins.

The protesters made some very strong accusations that property taxes will illegally be raised, led by Maria Whyte.

This stems from the recent budget battle in Erie County that includes cuts to cultural programs. Protesters claim if the culturals don't get funded, their taxes should go down.

A spokesman for the County Executive released a statement: "All taxpayers need to do is look on their tax bill to know that Maria Whyte is once again lying about the County Executive's record. The tax rate again this year is $5.03 and in fact, taxes went down $451,000. This is on top of a reduction in more than 400 positions and the elimination of the county debt."

The fight over cultural funding and how it will impact taxes is now moving into the courts.

Channel 7 will continue to cover the Budget Showdown for the county and New York State on Eyewitness News.