Taxes in Westchester County could go up in Cuomo's budget deficit plan

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to close the state's $6 billion budget deficit is drawing strong reaction from Westchester taxpayers.

The proposal requires local governments to cough up more money to pay for the state's massive Medicaid bill -- $77 billion for the program that covers health care for those in need.

The costs are meant to be split between federal, state and local governments, but Cuomo calls the increasing costs, about 7% a year, "unsustainable."
Westchester County Executive George Latimer is concerned.

"If we get a $10 million or $20 million hit from the state, we won't immediately raise taxes, we'll try to figure out how other expenses can help offset that to some degree," said Latimer. "But there's no way a county government can absorb that kind of hit without some of it winding up in a tax bill."

Latimer says he doesn't want to see a property tax increase, but there would be few options if Westchester County is required to pay more for Medicaid. But Latimer says one of his suggestions would be to legalize sports betting in New York state.

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