Latimer talks tax freeze, Rye Playland in State of the County addressPosted: Updated:
Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered his second State of the County address Thursday night, touching on cost-cutting measures and plans for Rye Playland.
Latimer discussed a method of protecting taxpayer dollars through a comprehensive Property Taxpayers Protection Act, which is supposed to ensure a 0% county tax freeze for 2020 and 2021.
There are plans for a trickle-down effect to share revenue with municipalities and their school districts. Legislature Minority LEader John Testa says the lofty ambition wasn't clear.
"He didn't call it a sales tax, made it seem like money is coming from a mysterious place," says Testa. "It hasn't been signed by the governor yet, what's the alternative?"
Latimer also unveiled a new advertising campaign to attract more visitors to Rye Playland, offering perks for people living in the area. All the while, the future of the park is uncertain.
As the Latimer administration reaches the halfway mark, he says his imprint is unity.
"The biggest challenge is to give people hope," says Latimer.