Westchester County Legislature District 5
District 5: White Plains, Scarsdale, part of Harrison.Term: 2 years Salary: $49,200 BaseDuties: Among the duties of each County Legislator is to enact laws dealing with the County and its residents; to adopt an annual budget and to levy taxes; to determine the structure of County Government and the number of County employees and their salaries; and to initiate new projects and programs as the need arises. There are 17 County Districts.
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Benjamin Boykin II
(Dem, WF, I)
Identify and prioritize the most important issues facing your District and the County, as a whole.
What would be your approach for the priorities in balancing the County's budget?
City/Town of Residence
Current Political Office
County Legislator, District 5 (2014-Present) (Most of White Plains, Scarsdale, West Harrison): Currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Legislators
BS in Accounting, University of North Carolina, 1972, Phi Beta Kappa graduate, CPA, 1974; MBA with Honors, Kellogg Business School, 1981
Prior Civic Service
White Plains Common Council member (2000-2013), Common Council President for three terms; Former Chairman, White Plains Shared Services Committee; Former Chairman, White Plains Youth Board; Former Chairman and Member, White Plains Budget & Management Advisory Committee; Member White Plains School Board (1992-1999); Member, White Plains Outdoors Arts Festival; Board of Directors, Meals-Wheels of White Plains; Past Treasurer, Lois Bronz Children's Center
Priorities: Creating new jobs; Stabilizing County finances and rebuilding fund balance; Holding down property taxes; Providing resources to protect the safety, security and health of our residents; Protecting our most vulnerable residents; Protecting a woman's right to reproductive health care; Investing in our infrastructure; Protecting our environment with sustainable initiatives.
Policy decisions made during the last County Executive’s administration left Westchester with a structural deficit and a fund balance that had been drained to half of what it had been just a few years prior. The year we took a major step to rebuild the county’s finances. We approved a one-percent increase in the county’s tax rate, by a unanimous, bi-partisan vote. The increase will allow us to stabilize the county’s finances and begin rebuilding our fund balance while continuing to provide essential county services. The sales tax increase will also help our school districts and local municipalities, which will share in the new revenue. The change will not impact the four large cities – Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon, which are currently at the new county sales tax rate of
8 3/8% or higher. The 2% property tax cap made permanent in 2019 will continue be an issue. The County must work with local governments and schools to implements shared services opportunities.
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