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Legislators Unanimously Override Astorino Budget Veto

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's veto of the 2018 budget was overridden unanimously by the Board of Legislators..
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's veto of the 2018 budget was overridden unanimously by the Board of Legislators.. Photo Credit: Contributed

For the first time in eight years, property taxes will be increasing in Westchester County.

Legislators unanimously voted to override County Executive Rob Astorino's veto of their $1.8 billion 2018 budget, which carries a two percent increase in the property tax levy.

This is the first budget under Astorino, who was defeated for re-election in November, to have a tax increase.

“There’s no reason to raise property taxes on the already overburdened residents and businesses of Westchester," Astorino said when he vetoed the budget.

The budget scraps the $30 million Astorino said the county would receive from privatizing Westchester County Airport and increases funding for non-profits and adds positions on the county executive's office and department of public works.

"We needed to get real with our finances," Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining said. "The proposal given to us was far from that.”

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