Raises Taxes & Increases Spending For Second Straight Year
YORKTOWN, NY – Supevisor Ilan Gilbert quietly released his proposed budget for 2020 that raises taxes and increases spending for the second straight year. The tax increase is projected to double the following year despite municipalities being sold on additional windfalls from increasing the county sales tax by 14%.
“Local homeowners bear the brunt of Yorktown’s tax demand to the tune of 77%,” said Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater. “For the second year in a row Supervisor Gilbert is overtaxing and overcharging homeowners while taking credit for revenue that is not reflected in the budget.”
A closer look of the Supervisor’s proposed budget includes:
- No increase in projected sales tax revenue despite an anticipated $1.9m windfall from Westchester County’s 14% sales tax increase;
- Continued decline of projected building permit revenue since 2017 which indicates slowing economic growth;
- 25% increase for Supervisor’s Office salary budget;
- 5% salary increase for the Town Clerk’s office and an additional 65% salary increase for part time help for the Clerk’s office;
- 9% increase for leagal professional services including a 63% increase specifically for the Oxman Firm;
“The public was told that our current legal team, which has been embroiled in ethicial conflicts, would save us money,” charged Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana. “This budget does more for Supervisor Gilbert’s cronies than it does for the hardworking taxpayers of Yorktown.”
“I will not vote for a budget that gives a raise to our legal team,” echoed Yorktown Councilman Ed Lactherman. “They are ethically challenged and there is clear evidence of a pay-to-play scheme that Supervisor Gilbert seems happy to participate in. It is just wrong.”
In addition to questionable salary hikes to existing donors and political operatives the Supervisor’s budget also brings into question the reality behind Westchester County’s 14% sales tax hike. The proposed budget includes a minimal increase despite being sold on a windfall of more than $1 million.
“These are either or discussions,” Slater explained. “Either Yorktown stands to gain from a 14% sales tax hike or it doesn’t. The same can be said for the revenue Supervisor Gilbert is so eager to take credit for but can’t be found in his own proposal. If Yorktown stood to gain all of this money then there should be no reason to hit local homeowners with another property tax hike.”