Rockland County Executive Releases Budget Proposal

Rockland County Executive Ed Day released his proposal for the 2017 budget at a press conference on Thursday. The $723 million plan would increase the tax levy by 4.95% or $4 a month for residents. On Wednesday announced that the deal to sell the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Home for $32 million, was terminated by the buyer, and so the budget was unable to remain in the state mandated 2% tax cap. In the proposal cuts would be made by laying off county employees, including 288 who will lose their positions at Summit Park when it is closed by the December 31 deadline. On top of the hospital workers, 38 jobs will be eliminated in several departments, as well as the blacksmith and veterinary services for the mounted unit in the Sheriff’s Department, which will save the county about $156,000. Day stated that many employees are also accepting an early retirement incentive program and the vacant positions will not be refilled. A $17.5 million payment must be made to the county deficit this year, and according to Day, overall spending is expected to go down by $40 million in this year’s budget, due to the closing of Summit Park. Along with the cuts and tax increases, the County Executive proposed a $1.8 million community college chargeback to towns for residents attending colleges outside the county, as well as the sale of the Sain Building in New City for $4 million. Day stated, “This is a responsible fiscal plan that begins the historic redesign of county operations. Our goal is to create an affordable government. We’ve made the hard choices to set our county on a path to prosperity.” The Legislature stated they will be going over the proposal thoroughly and this year is the first year the budget was submitted by its new October 1 deadline rather than its original October 23 date, which gives members an extra three weeks to review. There will be two public forums to further discuss the budget, one on Wednesday October 14 at 7:00 PM at Farley Elementary School in Stony Point, and another on Monday November 16 at 7:00 PM at the Valley Cottage Library.

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