Westchester budget raises taxes by 2.9 percent

December 15, 2009 1:00:40 PM PST
The Westchester County Board of Legislators has passed a $1.8 billion budget that raises taxes by 2.9 percent. The 2010 budget was approved Monday in a 9-8 vote with both Republicans and Democrats voting for and against it. The tax hike is less than the 4.9 percent increase that outgoing County Executive Andrew Spano had originally proposed.

The new budget includes staff reductions, lowers aid to the Westchester Medical Center by $12 million, cuts $2.4 million in overtime, and scraps a deferred payment plan, or one week furlough, for union workers.

The budget also provides $13.6 million in funds for roads and other infrastructure projects and merges the departments of Health and Community Mental Health.