Proposed WC spending down, taxes up

November 14, 2008 8:19:37 AM PST
Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano is proposing a slightly smaller 2009 budget, but shortfalls in revenue would mean a nearly 3 percent increase in county property taxes anyway.Spano says the budget anticipates a $26 million drop in state aid, interest on investments and mortgage tax revenue due to the economic slowdown. It includes a $20 million increase in fuel costs and mandated expenses beyond the county's control.

At $1.77 billion, the budget is about $101,000 lower than this year's. Spano said Friday that 52 vacant positions will be eliminated and no raises are budgeted for non-union managers.

The 2.97 percent increase in Spano's budget is a countywide average, which will differ in each municipality based on property assessments.

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