YORKTOWN, NY – Yesterday, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced plans to cut the county tax levy for the first time since 2011. In Dutchess County, Marc Molinaro proposed the largest tax levy reduction in 20 years. In comparison, Yorktown’s property taxes under the Gilbert Budget is set to increase and the increase is expected to double next year.
For the second year in a row Yorktown Supervisor Ilan Gilbert has released a budget that smacks local taxpayers by increasing property taxes despite receiving a sales tax windfall from Westchester County which is allowing county government to propose cutting property taxes for the first time since 2011.
“Ilan Gilbert and his team are overcharging and overtaxing Yorktown residents,” Supervisor candidate Matt Slater said. “With failed policies like this it is no wonder our commercial tax base continues to erode and homeowners bear the highest burden in all of Westchester County. How are other counties and municipalities, including Westchester County, cutting property taxes and improving services, while local taxpayers in Yorktown continue to get hammered? It is clear we are overpaying for services and are being overtaxed because of the continued mismanagement of our town.”
Slater continued, “Yorktown’s tax structure targets homeowners because of the alarmingly low commercial tax base. The budget demonstrates a path to affordability by making Yorktown more competitive and attracting employers to Yorktown. This will offset the crushing property taxes on homeowners and provide good paying jobs right in our backyard which is exactly what I will focus on as Yorktown’s next Supervisor.”