State Senate candidate calls for reducing property taxes
Julie Killian, the Republican candidate for George Latimer's open seat, says in order to reduce property taxes, Westchester communities need more school aid
High property taxes are among the most-heard complaints for residents in Westchester County. Now, Republican candidate for State Senate Julie Killian is taking on the issue, saying that in order to reduce property taxes, Westchester needs more school aid.
"We need to get our fair share here in Westchester," Killian said. "We only get $5,200 per student here in Westchester, they average $6,400 on Long Island and $9,600 in New York City. That's not fair."
Killian says that the state's unfair funding mechanisms have it to yonkers City Schools have been unable to finance a proposed $2B construction plan to reduce overcrowding and replace old buildings.
"80% of yonkers families are economically disadvantaged and receiving free lunches, and we still can't get our fair share of aid because they say that Westchester is wealthy. But I'm going to look at the numbers and show them that we need to get our fair share here in Westchester," Killian said.
Killian's opponent, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer says she has delivered record school funding for her district, including Yonkers. But Killian claims that Mayer was a primary force behind the gap elimination adjustment, which Killian says took nearly $370M out of Westchester schools.