County Executive Releases 2014 Spending Plan

County Executive Scott Vanderhoef submitted his proposed spending plan for 2014 on Wednesday. According to Vanderhoef property owners in Rockland County would see a 9.9 percent tax increase, meaning that the average tax bill for residents would increase to about $1,070. C. Scott VanderhoefVanderhoef stated that though the increase might be difficult for some people, it is still a fair deal for all the services that the county provides. He also stated that if Governor Cuomo does not sign the proposed deficit bond, in which the county is asking the state to lend 96 million dollars to help cover part of the 128 million dollars debt, the plan will have to be revisited, as the county is legally obligated to set aside 10 million dollars to begin repayment. This means that taxes could be raised almost 20 percent if the bond is not approved. The County Executive’s proposed budget keeps fundraising for inpatient mental health programs and the Summit Park Nursing Home for 2014, as well as almost every nonprofit agency within the county. The plan will not involve layoffs, outsourcing of jobs, or program cuts, instead it will eliminate forty vacant positions and add jobs in the social services, probation, general services, and corrections departments.

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