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Yonkers proposed 2007 budget calls for property tax hike

Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone unveiled his 2007 budget Monday, which calls for residents to pay 5 percent more in property taxes.Amicone calls it a modest hike in taxes for the 2007 fiscal year, which begins

News 12 Staff

Apr 17, 2006, 10:50 PM

Updated 6,640 days ago

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Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone unveiled his 2007 budget Monday, which calls for residents to pay 5 percent more in property taxes.Amicone calls it a modest hike in taxes for the 2007 fiscal year, which begins July 1. There are no layoffs, program cuts or cuts to services in his $803.7 million plan. Amicone admits the city was facing a devastating budget year with a projected $100 million gap in the education portion of the city budget. To solve the problem, Amicone is kicking in almost $37 million more for the classroom. He says that balances the budget, while also providing money to settle labor contracts. Teachers? union president Pat Puleo, however, says the budget is shortchanging the teachers, who've been without a contract for three years. Puleo claims the budget is $27 million short of meeting their requested cost of living increases. Now, it is up to City Council members to decide what happens next.


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