YONKERS, NY — June 1, 2020 — On Friday, May 29th, the Yonkers City Council adopted the City’s $1.24 billion budget for FY2020/21 that would increase PROPERTY TAXES by 1.58%. Councilmember and Chairman of the Yonkers Council Budget Committee Anthony Merante said “ I found this to be an insult to Yonkers taxpayers, so I emphatically voted NO. I thought this was unconscionable considering that taxes had been increased in the two prior years. Enough is enough.”
In addition, Merante added, “Our economy has been devastated by Covid-19 and we have 40 million people unemployed in America. Raising local property taxes lets the New York State off the hook. We send $50 million more north every year that never finds its way back to Yonkers. How can we expect seniors on fixed incomes and families to pay more in these uncertain times? A no tax increase budget would have given the taxpayers hope and confidence in their future.
As Chairman of the Yonkers City Council Budget Committee, Merante had proposed an alternative budget with No Layoffs, NO Tax Increase and added $2 million to the Board of Education but his fellow legislators did not share in his vision and went ahead and voted to adopt a budget with the tax increase anyway.
“Even though I am just one vote on the Yonkers City Council I will always look out for the taxpayers and as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), I will continue to be vigilant and make certain that tax dollars are spent wisely and that Yonkers consistantly looks to improve efficiency to save money”.