Although overall county spending is still too high and the level of some projected revenues is no more than wishful thinking, the Westchester County’s overall tax rate for 2011 will be cut for the first time in decades!
The overall -2.2% tax reduction is the result of a year’s worth of pressure by County Executive Astorino and the insistence by Republican legislators to change the way county government operates. After 12 years of unrelenting increases in spending and ever expanding programs, it’s long past the time to change the attitudes, costs and how county government does its job. We still have a long way to go.
Due to inconsistent NY State equalization rates and varying assessment throughout the county, the county tax rate is different for each community. Although a few will see an increase in their tax rate, most will experience a reduction.
The municipalities I represent in District 1 will all see a significant reduction in their county tax bills this year. According to the Westchester County Tax Commission, the City of Peekskill will have a -5.91% tax reduction, the Town of Cortlandt -2.26% and Yorktown -2.98%.
There is still much to be done. Spending is still too high. The Democratic supermajority restored $32 million in spending to the 2011 budget by overriding County Executive Astorino’s vetoes. Lawsuits have been initiated by the Democratic legislators to stop the county executive from streamlining the workforce and eliminating expensive, unnecessary contracts.
Rest assured, my colleagues and I in the Republican caucus will continue to work with County Executive Astorino to further the right sizing of county government and bring relief to the hard working families of Westchester.
We have done much in just one year’s time. Image where we will be as we continue to push for policies that make sense for the residents of Westchester. You can count on me to do just that.