Orange County Commission candidate Betsy VanderLey declared in a new campaign video she has no interest in raising taxes and would support no tax increases not approved by voters, then suggested she was responding to “rumors” about her position.

VanderLey, who is running for Orange County’s District 1 seat against Winter Garden Commissioner Bobby Olszewski, declares, “I would oppose any new taxes that aren’t specifically approved by the voters, and even then my preference would be to see whenever practical to have those sunsetted at a date certain, once the problem is solved.”

She says there are appropriate uses for taxes, but said in the event of economic downturns the government must act responsibly — cutting expenses, rather than raising taxes.

“To raise taxes is just a lazy way to meet a budget shortfall,” she said.

She then states voters should not listen to rumors and misrepresentations “about how I feel about taxes.”


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