County executive unveils 2004 dire budget plan

County Executive Andy Spano unveiled his 2004 budget proposal Friday. The budget plan calls for $30 million in cuts to social services.

Part of the cuts include laying off 236 civil service employees. The cuts also include leaving 83 vacant jobs unfilled. The services most affected by the cuts are expected to be foster care and homeless services. Part of the county executive's plan calls for contracting out, or outsourcing, some of the work social services currently does.

The county executive says making cuts is very difficult and blames unfunded state mandates for the county's financial problems.

In addition, residents could be hit with a 25 percent property tax hike, which Spano says could have been more if he did not make the cuts.

The county legislature has until December 27 to decide on the budget.

Click here for more on the budget.

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