Hundreds protest layoffs associated with the proposed county budget

Members of the public were allowed to voice their opinions about the proposed county budget Monday night during a legislative meeting. More than 200 people showed up at the county office building to voice their disapproval over the layoffs and property tax hike associated with the proposed budget.

Union officials were among the dozen speakers. They condemned the proposal, arguing that it is not fair for the budget to be balanced on the backs of working residents. The budget plan calls for cutting 319 jobs, with 236 of them translating into actual layoffs.

Republican County Legislator George Oros admits it will be difficult to restore the jobs without finding other areas to save money. County Executive Andy Spano (D-Westchester) tells News 12 Westchester that the state will need to step in to help if any jobs are to be saved. Spano says the state will have to take over Medicaid or pensions for the county to save enough money to restore jobs.

Residents also complained about the countywide property tax hike in the proposed budget. The plan calls for a 25 percent property tax increase, but the hike hinges on the approval of a one-percent increase in the state sales tax.

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