Peekskill residents could face a 6-percent tax hike, according to a report by Journal News reporter Alex Weisler.
Mayor Mary Foster said higher pension costs would push taxes higher, a situation that could also result in the loss of 30 clerical and administrative workers. The city’s workforce has already been decreased by 10 percent.
Foster said the actual increased could be reduced if the proposal does not fit into what a state formula determines to be the city’s tax cap. Generally, increases in tax levies are capped at 2 percent annually, but a super-majority of local legislators can approve a larger increase. Higher increases are also allowed in some instances to account for pensions and other costs.
The hope, Foster said, is that the cuts will free up money to prepare for future changes in state mandates.
“The only way we can control what we have to pay to New York state is to control our salary costs,” she said.
Westchester Grassroots Coalition Director Darrell Davis said the proposed budget is “insensitive” and “irresponsible.”
“This is the last straw,” said Davis, who has called for Foster’s resignation. “She has no sensitivity to low-income residents and people of color. She needs to be the mayor of the whole city, and she’s not.”
To read Weisler’s detailed report, click here.