County budget committee makes recommendations for 2004 budget

The budget committee is calling for no cuts to county programs and jobs.

The board's recommendation goes against the county executive's plan for filling an $87 million budget gap. Under the county executive's proposal, property taxes would go up approximately 2 percent, many social services programs would be cut, and more than 200 people would lose their jobs.

But if the county was to accept the recommendations of the committee, residents would be faced with an even higher property tax increase. Richard Wishnie, chairman of the budget committee, says it is possible that the cuts recommended by the county executive may have to happen if the county does not receive assistance from Albany.

The county board must vote on the budget proposal by December 8. If they decide to reverse some of the budget cuts, the county executive still has veto power. The deadline for having the final budget in place is December 27.

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