Residents, city officials upset over tax increases in proposed 2014 Mount Vernon budget

Residents are facing a 7.8 percent property tax increase this year.

Residents are facing a 7.8 percent property tax increase this year. (1/11/14)

MOUNT VERNON - Mount Vernon residents are looking at a 7.8 percent increase to their property taxes this year.

The proposed budget for 2014 was presented to residents Friday night and has received a harsh reception by residents and city council members.

City council members say they were not even able to examine the budget to add input, and they do not believe it will go over well with officials in Albany.

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis says there was a $4 million deficit when he took office two years ago, and the city's financial state has not improved since. He also says health benefits and retirement are adding to the tax increase and he is hoping to have a budget in place soon.

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