I worked for Villarina Pasta at the Cross River shopping plaza for over 10 years before losing my job after Villarina closed earlier this year. Sales had declined over half and my employer could no longer stay in business. In the course of my long employment in Cross River, I witnessed many former customers leaving town due to unemployment or losing their home to foreclosures due to their inability to pay property taxes. Recently and sadly I joined their rank. So it was with great shock that I learned of Mr. Parsons’ proposal to increase taxes by 17%, compared to the proposed increase from other neighboring towns: Yorktown 4%, Somers 1.8%, North Salem 4%, Pound Ridge 3%, Bedford 3%, Mt. Kisco 3.57% (final), and New Castle 3%. While neighboring towns [such] as Bedford only appointed part-time positions to reduce expenditures, immediately after his election Mr. Parsons added a full-time employee to the Town House and made a full-time appointment in the building department. Given the downward spiral of tax delinquencies and foreclosures followed by declines in Lewisboro home prices, which are already falling faster than those of our neighbors, there is no justification for Mr. Parsons’ adding more employees and then blaming rising benefits costs for his own engineering of a monstrous tax increase.
Cross River, Dec. 3