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Westchester Leaders Discuss Sharing Services To Control Tax Burdens

Rob Astorino meets with leaders of 40 Westchester municipalities to discuss sharing services.
Rob Astorino meets with leaders of 40 Westchester municipalities to discuss sharing services. Photo Credit: Contributed

Sharing services might be the key to lowering property taxes.

County Executive Rob Astorino hosted a Shared Services Forum with the leaders of 40 municipalities throughout Westchester.

“Lowering taxes must be a priority in Westchester County and throughout New York State,” Astorino said. “It’s critical that we all work together to find savings to pass on to taxpayers.”

Astorino discussed a number of  ways the county has been sharing services in recent years with localities, such as consolidating village police departments with the county, providing specialized police units to cities and towns in need, and utilizing the county’s planning and land use experts to develop a master plan for the Village of Rye Brook.

Thursday’s meeting was the first in a series of meetings that the Shared Services Panel in Westchester will conduct until September when the panel is required to vote on a plan. Astorino and municipal officials will be compiling a report on services already being shared as well as working on new initiatives to save taxpayer money.

“The best way to reduce taxes is by growing the economy, controlling costs and eliminating burdensome mandates,” Astorino said. “Sharing services is part of a broader strategy aimed at protecting taxpayers.”

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