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Letter To The Editor: Westchester Taxes Are Too High

Sleepy Hollow resident John Davis
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I’ve been horrified and sickened about town and village leaders boldly and constantly raising property taxes. They have no regard for the average taxpayer and only pander to unions and employees of their respective town or village. They can all take a lesson from Rob Astorino. Rob has recognized the need for fair and balanced budgets. He also knows that taxpayers are more than tapped out.

Westchester County mayors and supervisors seem unable or unwilling to make the tough choices to balance their budgets. Civil service layoffs are never on the table on the local level. These employees' salaries and benefits represent a huge chunk of local budgets. Local leaders always take the path of least resistance to balance their budgets, and that is by raising taxes. I want them all to know that they are doing a major disservice to the largest portion of their municipality, and that is the average taxpayer.

In summary, I want all local leaders to know that when they make these tax hikes every year, they put a huge financial strain on thousands of their hardworking residents. (If they have a job at all.) These tax hikes leave less food on the table, they make college choices even harder, late bill payments or even worse, foreclosures and bankruptcy! You know something is wrong when your property tax payments are higher than your mortgage payments!

Do your jobs correctly, local leaders. Either lower property taxes or do NOT raise them again!


John Davis

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