Rockland County executive unveils proposed 2019 budget

<p>Rockland County Executive Ed Day unveiled his proposed budget for 2019 Monday.&nbsp;</p>

News 12 Staff

Oct 1, 2018, 10:22 PM

Updated 2,118 days ago


Rockland County Executive Ed Day unveiled his proposed budget for 2019 Monday.
The $709 million budget calls for a 2.9 percent property tax increase and additional services for public safety.
Officials say that under the proposed budget, homeowners will pay about $38 more next year, remaining under the state’s tax cap.
The county tells News 12 Westchester that there is a proposed $3 million increase in debt services to pay back the multimillion-dollar deficit the county faced when Day took office.
The budget also accounts for contractual increases in salaries, the cost of state-mandated programs like pre-K and an increase in the cost of state health insurance.
The proposed budget also calls for new capital projects to improve the Rockland County Sheriff's Office, which includes upgrades to the correctional facility as well as new computer software for police cars to keep the public safe.
"Now when the call comes in, it gets sent to [the officers’] mobile data terminal and this gives them turn-by-turn directions,” said Sgt. Steven Pelzar.
There is also funding included for the restoration of the Office for People with Disabilities, which had been eliminated years ago.
While Day suggested that Rockland County’s finances are continuing to improve, he noted that the budget process began with a $13 million shortfall that could have translated to a near 10 percent increase in property tax.
Day says that with careful budgeting and the elimination of several vacant positions within the county, that won't happen.
He says that he is confident with the 2019 budget and wants to continue finding ways to bring in revenue without going to residents for it.
The budget is expected to be voted on during the first week of December.

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