If Latimer fails to freeze property taxes as promised, the Rye Democrat assured Tax Watch that his plan would still come within the state’s tax cap, which in 2020 was 4.4% for Westchester.

Tax Watch columnist David McKay Wilson previews County Executive George Latimer’s upcoming budget message. 

When Westchester County Executive George Latimer pitched his 1 percentage point increase in the county sales tax in 2019, he pledged to freeze property taxes for the next two years.   

The pledge provided cover for Latimer in the sales-tax bill he dubbed the Westchester County Property Taxpayer Protection Act.

But 17 months and one pandemic later, Latimer said he’s not so sure he’ll protect Westchester property taxpayers as he prepares to release his 2021 budget on Tuesday.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced his property tax freeze for 2020 and 2021 on July 8, 2019, at a press conference at Greenburgh Town