Latimer Indicators 2022 Westchester County Price range: Small Property Tax Reduce, Providers Maintained

Westchester County Govt George Latimer, working from residence whereas beneath COVID quarantine, indicators 2022 County funds

On Dec. 14, Westchester County Govt George Latimer signed the 2022 Westchester County Price range formally chopping the County Property tax levy by $7 million {dollars}. That is the third County property tax reduce in a row for Latimer, and the most important reduce in over a decade. 

Latimer stated:“This is a crucial funds, its represents the third consecutive yr we’ve reduce County property taxes. This funds cuts the levy of $7M, totaling $9M during the last three years. I thank the Westchester County Board of Legislators for his or her laborious work on this funds. I’m pleased with this funds and proud that via good and progressive budgeting, we’ve been capable of reduce taxes responsibly once more, discover new income sources, save and supply wanted companies to County residents.  We’re dedicated to doing proper by the folks of Westchester County – and that’s precisely what we’ve carried out.” 

Latimer’s 2022 County Price range totals $2.2 billion whereas restoring fiscal stability.  The County is closing 2021 with a $64 million working surplus.


The 2022 funds comprises a complete of $38.9 million for childcare subsidies.  A rise of $10.2 million from 2021 ranges ($28.7 million).

·         Expanded earnings eligibility as much as 85% of State Median Wage.

o   From $73k for a household of 4 beforehand, to $89k now.

·         Lowered the guardian contribution from 27 to 10 % of earnings above the poverty stage, a 63 % lower.

·         Elevated supplier charges.

Little one Care Council of Westchester, Inc. Govt Director Kathy Halas stated: “We applaud each the County Govt and his group and the Westchester County Board of Legislators for this historic funding in baby care.  It represents a perception that entry to inexpensive, secure, high quality baby care advantages youngsters, mother and father, employers, the truth is all of us.  Westchester County is main the way in which on this essential financial situation.”


·         Financial Improvement – $25 million

·         NFP & Spiritual Establishment Grants & Tech. Help. – $17 million

·         Workforce Coaching – $3 million

·         Tourism & Hospitality – $3 million

·         Entrepreneurship – $2 million

Underneath the 2022 Price range, over 2,000 everlasting jobs will proceed to be supported by the County. Latimer stated none of those strides can be doable with out our companions within the development trade.

Enterprise Council of Westchester President & CEO Dr. Marsha Gordon stated: “The Enterprise Council of Westchester appreciates Westchester County Govt George Latimer’s dedication to fiscal restraint because the nation and our County proceed to get better from the pandemic downturn. We notably applaud the County Govt for chopping the County property tax levy by $7 million. That is the third yr in a row that Latimer has reduce the tax levy, a vital measure in serving to our residents and enterprise homeowners survive the previous two years of disaster. His proposed 2022 funds embraces many suggestions instructed in our Financial Restoration Process Power reviews we supplied him earlier this yr.”

Westchester County Affiliation President & CEO Michael Romita stated: “It is a sturdy and accountable funds.  It lowers our tax burden, creates alternative for companies and residents, and displays the WCA’s priorities in areas reminiscent of healthcare, workforce growth, digital connectivity, and inexpensive housing. We admire the County’s considerate strategy and stay up for persevering with our work collectively.”

The 2022 funds contains important assist for the County’s nonprofit companions.  Nonprofit Westchester Govt Director Jan Fisher stated: “NPW, Westchester’s solely membership group solely devoted to representing the wants and pursuits of Westchester’s nonprofit organizations, the folks they serve and the nonprofit workforce, applauds the 2022 Westchester County funds.  This economically prudent funds represents unprecedented investments within the work of Westchester’s nonprofit sector, an acknowledgement of the important function our businesses serve in advancing the emotional and financial well-being of all residents and takes an essential step in transferring racial fairness in our county ahead.   We thank Westchester County Govt George Latimer and his group and the Westchester Board of Legislators.”   


·         Challenge Alliance – $6.4 million

Westchester County Division of Neighborhood Psychological Well being Commissioner Michael Orth stated: “Via the foresight of County Govt Latimer, and the collaboration of our division and colleague departments, in addition to our varied companions locally, Challenge Alliance will create a first-of-its-kind seamless system of disaster response. Via Challenge Alliance, our group members, legislation enforcement personnel and repair suppliers will develop into safer and higher linked.”


The Division of Public Security complete funds is $52.8 million – the most important in County historical past.  The funds will add Spanish-speaking patrol officers, a results of the County administering a police officer examination for Spanish talking officers in March 2021.

Westchester County Public Security Commissioner Tom Gleason stated:“This funds permits the Westchester County Police to take care of our full staffing ranges and fill vacancies that occurred through the yr because of retirements. I’m grateful to the County Govt and Board of Legislators for absolutely funding our Division and enabling us to offer the police companies that preserve folks secure.”

Westchester County Police Reform and Reimagining Process Power Co-Chair Mayo Bartlett stated: “Westchester County Govt George Latimer and the Westchester County Board of Legislators have taken a pivotal step towards making legislation enforcement extra accessible to the residents of Westchester, and to those that go to Westchester.  The inclusion of Spanish talking patrol officers significantly will increase the potential to precisely tackle prison incidents via clearer interplay with suspects in addition to complainants. This measure could cut back misunderstandings between legislation enforcement and members of the Spanish talking group by eradicating potential language boundaries.”

Westchester County Police Reform and Reimagining Process Power Co-Chair Leroy Frazer stated: In offering funding for Spanish talking law enforcement officials within the funds, the County Govt is demonstrating, as soon as once more, that he’s listening to the group’s voice as supplied by the Police Reform and Reimagining Process Power.  Motion speaks louder than phrases and this funding speaks volumes for the Spanish-speaking folks of Westchester.”


The funds funds the County’s ever-popular Family Recycling Day.  4 HRD days are deliberate for 2022.  Pre-COVID, DEF hosted two HRD occasions and residents delivered practically 275,000 kilos of family waste, and roughly 37,000 kilos of paperwork for shredding.

Moreover, main enhancements are deliberate for the Mamaroneck and Yonkers wastewater restoration amenities in 2022.  $37.5 million is included for Mamaroneck for a wide range of enhancements together with nitrogen and phosphorus removing to guard the Lengthy Island Sound, emergency energy methods and odor management.  At Yonkers, $22.6 million is included primarily for added odor management measures and the completion of the methane recapture challenge that may permit the ability to generate roughly 70 % of its vitality wants. 

Westchester County Division of Environmental Services Commissioner Vincent F. Kopicki, P.E. stated: “The Division of Environmental Services, with the assist and steering of County Govt Latimer and his Administration, will proceed to improve and modernize our methods and amenities with a view to handle the water, wastewater and strong waste for the residents of Westchester County.  We now have at all times been proud to not solely meet, however to surpass our regulatory necessities and the funds within the 2022 funds will permit us to fulfill these targets.”

Westchester County Director of Vitality Conservation and Sustainability Peter McCartt stated: “The County Govt continues to steer on conserving the surroundings and supporting all measures to fight local weather change; electrify our fleets, transfer our vitality must renewable assets, and put money into vitality environment friendly capital packages. He has the foresight to construct for the longer term to protect our parks and pure assets; I’ve heard him say ‘A society grows nice when elders plant timber in whose shade they know they shall by no means sit’.”


Lengthy dedicated to environmental conservation efforts, the County Govt has earmarked:

  • $31.9 million in appropriations for the acquisition of electrical hybrid buses for the County’s Bee-Line Bus System;
  • $4.3 million to start the method of electrifying the County’s two bus garages;
  • $1 million for the set up of EV charging stations at County amenities; and
  • $1.1 million for enhancements at Hilltop Hanover Environmental Middle.


·         Healthcare Fairness & Entry – $6 million

·         FQHC Help – $4M

·         Wholesome Mother, Wholesome Child Program – $1M

·         Telehealth Program – $1M

·         Six further positions: epidemiologists, biostatisticians and medical knowledge analysts – $550k

Commissioner of Well being Dr. Sherlita Amler stated: “I need to thank County Govt George Latimer for persevering with to place the well being and security of Westchester County’s residents on the forefront. Enhancing public well being takes creativity, dedication and collaboration, and our County Govt has confirmed his dedication to making sure all of our residents have honest and equitable entry to healthcare. With this extra funding within the funds, we will proceed to meet the Well being Division’s mission of selling and defending public well being in Westchester.”  


As in prior years, inexpensive housing is as soon as once more a prime precedence with a mixed $50 million included within the Capital Price range for land acquisition and infrastructure enhancements to assist the event of inexpensive housing inside the County – this represents the most important single yr dedication to inexpensive housing in County historical past.  

Small Landlord Rehabilitation Help Program: Whole $10 million to offer cash which landlords can use to restore, rehabilitate or enhance condo items, however in trade, the items should stay inexpensive for a hard and fast time period.

Mount Vernon United Tenants Govt Director Dennis Hanratty stated: “Reasonably priced housing continues to stay the County’s most intractable drawback.  Thankfully, the County Govt each acknowledges this and is keen to behave to handle this.  That is evidenced by his inclusion of $60 million in his Capital Price range, and $10 million within the Small Landlord Rehabilitation Help Program.  This dedication of public funds is precisely what our communities want.  Thanks County Govt Latimer!”

Constructing and Realty Institute CEO Timothy Foley stated: “Way over any County Govt in latest reminiscence, County Govt Latimer has understood that the expansion of the economic system depends upon our workers and our neighbors with the ability to afford to reside right here. Which means prioritizing each help for landlords and tenants to protect entry to secure, dependable housing that exists in the present day, and funding the investments and infrastructure mandatory to fulfill the super want for brand new housing. In response to the Westchester County Housing Wants Evaluation, we’d like 11,703 new items of housing countywide, notably housing that might be inexpensive to middle-class households and the academics, law enforcement officials, group well being employees, and workers at non-profits that all of us depend on. This funds represents an historic-level down fee on assembly that want.”

Westchester County Board of Legislators Chair Ben Boykin stated: “Up to now 4 years, we’ve introduced this County a great distance. We’ve restored Westchester’s monetary well being.  We’ve reduce the County’s property tax levy three years in a row, whereas rebuilding the County’s financial savings. We’ve made historic investments in roads, bridges, parks, and expertise. However most significantly, we’ve invested in Westchester’s best useful resource — its folks. The 2022 budgets put folks first and put money into their future, with historic commitments to childcare, inexpensive housing, and human companies; with artistic use of ARPA funds to assist small landlords and enhance Westchester’s housing inventory.  I need to thank the County Govt and his group, in addition to my colleagues and the employees of the Board of Legislators for setting a daring instance for what we will do with the appropriate values and the appropriate management.”

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice-Chair Alfreda Williams stated: “Westchester County has lengthy set an instance for different counties across the State in terms of the companies we provide residents. This funds follows via on that instance. The funding offering for mandatory well being, housing and childcare packages exhibits our perception within the significance of budgeting with those that want most, first in thoughts. With this being my remaining funds as a County Legislator, I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made on the problems I’ve fought so laborious for. This funds will advance the pursuits of those that elected me to serve and I thank my colleagues and the County Govt for his or her efforts.”

Westchester County Legislator and Chair of the County Price range and Appropriations Committee Catherine Borgia stated: “Thanks to CE Latimer for our collaboration to create a transformative funds that builds capability, will increase our partnerships with group organizations, makes a major funding in baby care and bettering housing inventory. It is a funds that may assist all Westchester to create a affluent future”

Westchester County Legislator and County Board Majority Chief MaryJane Shimsky stated: “The budgets we handed this week for fiscal yr 2022 will construct the inspiration for a greater Westchester for years to come back. This work has restored our wet day fund, invested in our youth and in our public well being capabilities, and made commitments to enhance our parks, roads, bridges, bus fleet and wastewater remedy infrastructure. The fiscal energy that allowed us to do these and different good issues was made doable by elevated federal help — however the choices on find out how to make investments the assets allotted us had been the product of 4 years of diligent, collaborative work, openness to new concepts and to compromise proven by this Board of Legislators and this County Govt. The result’s an impressive instance of what we will do once we work nicely collectively.”

Westchester County Legislator and County Board Minority Chief Margaret Cunzio stated: “I’m pleased to assist a funds that doesn’t improve property taxes, will increase funding to our non-profit companions, doesn’t use any reserve funds and doesn’t borrow from the pension fund.  The 2022 county funds accomplishes all of those targets.  This funds helps all of the residents of Westchester- together with householders and property homeowners who’ve additionally felt the ramifications of the pandemic.  I need to personally thank the county government, my colleagues, and all those that labored on the funds.  That is one more instance of working collectively to make authorities work.” 

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