Spano's budget plan draws ire of advocates, public
Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano's proposal to raise property taxes nearly 3 percent isn't sitting well with many taxpayers.
Bill Mooney, who runs the Westchester County Association, a business advocacy group, says taxpayers should not have to pick up the tab for any budget shortfalls. He says proposed retroactive raises for county commissioners and department heads should also be rejected. Spano's chief advisor says the raises are deserved.
"This was a two-year raise the county executive cut in half to give raises in 2008, where the money is already budgeted, and no raises in 2009," says Susan Tolchin.
There will be a public hearing Wednesday night in White Plains about the county budget and another one Dec. 8 that will focus on the retroactive raises.