Welcome to our online blog forum for Westchester County taxpayers to discuss Rethinking Westchester County Government. It has no formal name, though some members of the press have already called it "Taxpayers Anonymous" ... but, to be fair, the taxpayers aren't the ones raising taxes like drunken sailors.
People will be welcome to comment, both anonymously and with their real name.
... And it's just that; rethinking, listening and learning from the taxpayers about what you feel needs to be changed to downsize and/or eliminate this costly bureaucratic operation called county government.
It's all become too big and expensive -- less efficient and in too many instances not effective at sustaining services without pushing its fiscal debt upon all taxpayers.
So don't be afraid to speak your mind here. You will be heard. As the attached articles attest, we have been in the news a bit in recent months.
On Monday, from 12:00-1:30 pm, in front of the County Office Building,
members of Rethinking Westchester Government will announce
the launch of our website and this blog.
You're encouraged to register on the website, so that we can send up updates on meetings and join us as we try to at least change the thinking of county lawmakers.
We need volunteers to get the word out to your local community. We need coordinators in each city, town and village throughout Westchester. We welcome your suggestions on forurms and speaking engagements.
Most of all, we need your input on what you would like changed around the county, to save the taxpayers money and improve the quality of life for Westchester residents -- through fiscal responsibility and common sense. Whether the solution is a top to bottom or bottom up approach of budget-cutting and/or consolidation, the growing consensus is that Westchester's lawmakers in the County Building need to change how they do business. Some believe every county in New York State has to change too.
Particularly, dare your local elected officials to get involved with us. We're proud to be a non-partisan organization reaching across all party lines. The founders of this group were Democrats, so it's not about politics as we politely ask the Democrat-controlled County Board of Legislators to watch how they spend our tax dollars.
It's about keeping Westchester County an affordable place for all residents to live.
If you have any questions about posting information or comments of any kind, please feel free to e-mail us at info@RethinkingWestchesterGov.com where I can be reached as editor or other members of our committee can help you.
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