Astorino: 2011 WC budget plan includes spending, tax cuts
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino released his first budget proposal for 2011.
If the first draft is approved, it could mean big savings for county residents.
Astorino's $1.8 billion spending plan includes a 1 percent reduction in the county tax levy. The plan would also cut 705 county jobs, more than half through voluntary buyouts, with a total of 226 workers being laid off.
Astorino is asking the county's biggest union, the CSEA, to give up the 4-percent raises they negotiated for next year, and for all union workers to contribute at least partially to their health care plans to reduce medical costs.
The county-run amusement park, Rye Playland, will continue operating as is, but would make cuts to various programs and departments.
The budget can still be changed by the county board and must be voted on before it is approved.