Assemblyman-elect Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, issued the following statement on Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed budget:
There is no question, given the economic climate and existing property tax burden here in Westchester County, that tough decisions need to be made and I applaud County Executive Rob Astorino’s courage of addressing some of these issues head-on. Specifically, I applaud his attempts to rein in spending. As a resident of this county, it is my belief, and the belief of those who elected me, that government can no longer be everything to everyone. The resulting tax burden is simply too much and is driving not only residents out of the county, but jobs as well. The snowballing effect is higher taxes for those who can afford to stay, but with rising taxes that population is ever-shrinking. Borrowing against our children’s future is also not an option.
Our government needs to do the same as our families and businesses which is to create a reasonable budget and adhere to it. We the people expect nothing less of you as the elected officials of this county. I urge you to follow the County Executive’s lead which are the early steps toward putting our county back on the road toward prosperity.
I look forward to working with County Executive Astorino to reduce Albany’s unfunded mandates which are destroying the budgets of local governments. Putting the brakes on these mandates will ultimately help deliver some meaningful tax relief for homeowners and businesses here in Westchester and I strongly encourage members of the county Legislature to approve the County Executive’s proposed budget for 2011.
Photo: Katz speaking at a public hearing on the budget, submitted by Katz4Assembly