Bedford officials override tax cap despite unhappy speakers at Town Hall

The Westchester Journal News reports on the 9/20/11 public hearing

about the Board of Town of Bedford voting to overriding NYS's 2% tax cap.

The Town Board of BEDFORD “dispensed with a popular state-imposed 2 percent limit on property-tax increases after hearing one of the largest Town Hall crowds in recent memory speak out…

“'What moved me was my concern that the board has lost touch with the economic reality of many of its constituents,' said Wolfgang Armbruster, a retired Wall Street executive and father of three from Bedford who attended his first Town Hall meeting in 25 years Tuesday specifically to object to the town's position. 'They listened to us but clearly their minds were made up before the meeting started.'”

“…Town Board challenger Luke Vander Linden…paid for automated calls to Bedford voters the night before the board acted. The robocall of 2,700 households led to a crowd showing up at Town Hall the next night and also asked people to indicate with a push-button vote whether they supported the tax cap. The result: 74 percent of the 360 people who responded said they favored the tax cap, according to Vander Linden.”


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