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Budget Vetoes Expected on Wednesday
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is expected to announce tomorrow that he's used his veto pen and taken it to the newly approved 2011 budget submitted by the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Precisely, what will be cut, is unclear at this point.
The County Executive has five days after the Board of Legislators approves a budget to make line item vetos.
On Friday, members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, in a bi-partisan vote, approved a budget that they say preserves essential services, while at the same time cutting costs and calls for a 2 percent tax cut. Money was restored to numerous programs that the County Executive had cut in his initial spending plan.
Republican Legislators last week indicated they had serious concerns about revenue projections made in the budget that was re-vamped by the Democratic majority.
Democrats amended the budget to allow for the use of a $10 million surplus from the 2010 budget to be used in the 2011 spending plan, rather than borrow money.
After the County Executive announces his planned veto(s) tomorrow, the budget will again be reviewed by the Board of Legislators and put up for a final vote and possible veto overrides, on December 23.
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