Shared Services panel looks to lower taxes

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WHITE PLAINS -

Elected officials in Westchester County are working on ways to lower property taxes and comply with state mandates.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino chaired the first meeting of the countywide "Shared Services" panel, which is made up of local and county leaders at the County Center in White Plains.

Astorino says there is only so much money the county can save, because the state will not allow them to touch certain big-ticket items. "Medicaid affects the county, that's $210 million from tax payers. There are other issues, from the schools, from the municipalities they gave their own mandates from the state. And unless the state relieves them of those obligations, they're never going to be able to save a lot of money."

These meetings are taking place in counties throughout New York in accordance with a measure included in the 2017-2018 state budget.

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