Rockland County 2016 Budget: A Citizens’ Guide

NEW CITY – Rockland County Chairman Alden H. Wolfe and Budget & Finance Committee Chairman Legislator Michael M. Grant are today unveiling a groundbreaking new report, Rockland County 2016 Budget: A Citizens’ Guide. “I am proud to make this vital guide available to our residents,” Wolfe said. “It provides the information needed to become more knowledgeable about the costs and benefits of County government in a clear, concise, and user-friendly way.” The 14-page guide allows residents to see how their tax dollars are put to work and highlights the many benefits of the services provided by County government – from breastfeeding support for new mothers; senior citizen and veterans’ programs; and day camp inspections; to 28 county parks spanning woodlands, mountains and the Hudson River; public bus services, voter registration; and mounted and river patrols, among many other services. “This report accomplishes an important task by embracing transparency in the County budgeting process,” Grant said. “The report is important because it bares all – the good, as well as the blemishes.” Residents will now have a tool for understanding where the money comes from and where it goes, state mandates and social services programs, tax rates and levies, and the important actions taken by the Legislature to improve the budget. The Guide illustrates why Rockland’s fiscal stress score fell drastically, and residents can see a 40% drop in the number of County employees despite a population growth of 9.2% during the same period. Most importantly, the Guide highlights a county tax rate that is less than half that of the state average. If you would like a copy of the Citizens’ Guide you can find it online at www.RocklandGov.com

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