Westchester passes 2009 budget

December 8, 2008 8:02:22 PM PST
Westchester County residents may have to dig just a little deeper to pay next year's taxes.Legislators on Monday approved a 2009 budget that raises the tax rate by 1.7 percent despite cuts in spending.

The $1.77 billion spending plan passed by a 13-4 vote, with only the Republican members opposing it. It now goes to County Executive Andrew Spano to sign or veto. Legislators also approved the $93 million capital budget plan, which was 19 percent less than this year's.

Absent from the budget were raises for nonunion management. The controversial proposal was removed after 20 speakers at a public hearing spoke out against the plan earlier on Monday.

The budget includes no layoffs among the county's work force.

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