Westchester Legislators Approved $225 Million In Bonds For 2012-13

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators reached the $225 million mark for the 2012-13 legislative term in approved bonds for 152 separate capital projects, according to a press release.

The total is more than double the $101,546,000 for the bond acts approved by the board during the 2010-11 term.

Thirteen capital projects amounting to $12,906,000 died in committee during the legislative term.

Using a federal formula for job creation, and counting only the capital projects that involved design and construction, the board passed enough bonds in 2012 and 2013 to foster 2,081 new jobs, according to the release.

“Bonding legislation for capital projects is not a process involving automatic approvals,” said Board Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) in the release. “My colleagues on the Board asked important questions and made sure the Administration could support proposals for capital projects in order to protect the county’s investments and make each taxpayer dollar count.”

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This is how the legislature bypasses voter approval. This is how the tax payer is disenfranchised, and left without say, circumventing voter approval.

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