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Rethinking Westchester Government (RethinkingWestchesterGov.org) will be circulating the following petition for April 15th:
We, the undersigned, believe that Westchester County should not have the highest real estate property taxes in the United States.
Citizens Budget Commission -- We appeal to the Westchester County Board of Legislators to form a non-partisan Citizens Budget Commission to reduce county government spending; facilitated through greater citizen participation, improved fiscal reporting, a more efficient delivery of services and an elimination of wasteful bureaucracy.
Study On Alternative County Government -- We propose a study on abolishing county government; to provide more efficient and effective alternatives to our current delivery of public services, that examines the legal, fiscal and intergovernmental impact of eliminating county government as we know it.
Initiative and Referenda -- We support proposed legislation that would provide voters with the ability to petition for a referendum to consolidate or eliminate unnecessary layers of government, including abolishing the existing county government.
County Budget Vote/Budget Cap -- We support giving people the right to approve County budgets, including annual budget caps. Upon voter rejection of a County budget, the County Executive must submit a contingency budget for voter approval with spending reduced by at least 5%.
You're not seeing things.
We're trying to send county lawmakers a wake up call. April 15th is Tax Day!!!
Imagine if Election Day was the day everyone paid their taxes?
In the next day or two, we will have more on what this is all about -- and we really hope you join us.