Westchester Exec: Property Tax Will Stay Flat If Sales Tax Goes Up

George Latimer
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Westchester County Executive George Latimer is laying out a plan that he says will bring the county back into good financial shape without raising property taxes.

The people of Westchester are well aware they pay the highest property taxes in the nation.

Latimer is recognizing that, saying that the county is at a saturation point.  

In a Facebook post, he vowed to hold the line on property taxes for the next two fiscal years under one condition – the county get an increase in its sales tax, which state lawmakers would need to approve.

Latimer wants to see the sales tax to increase a full percentage point.

Westchester’s current sales tax rate of 7.375 percent is at least a full percentage point lower than the city and nearby counties.

Latimer says if new funding sources aren’t found, the county will see its bond rating fall further and possibly go under state fiscal control.