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Proposed Rockland Budget Includes Funds To Build New Hi-Tor Facility

Rockland County Executive Ed Day making the budget announcement Monday.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day making the budget announcement Monday. Photo Credit: Contributed

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- The 2018 Rockland County Budget has been unveiled.

The budget features a 1.95 percent tax increase, which is below the state-mandated tax cap on the tax levy. The budget keeps spending essentially flat and has no layoffs.

Day's budget calls for $1.2 million in capital funds to build a new animal shelter on the county-owned land where Hi-Tor is currently located. The county will take the lead in building this new shelter and is counting on the five towns and the Village of Spring Valley to pay their share of the operating costs.

For the average Rockland homeowner, taxes will increase about $2 per month.

"I can proudly say that this budget continues sweeping reforms of County government," Day said.

The budget reduces 11 jobs through eliminating vacant positions and redefining positions. County government will now have a workforce of 1,691. In 1990, there were 3,169 county employees. – well below the height of 3,169 people employed in 1990.

"We are a slimmed down, efficient government providing the maximum services at the lowest cost," Day said.

Toney Earl, the chairman of the Rockland County Board of Legislators, said they plan a detailed review of the budget.

“Our priorities will include ensuring that estimated revenues and expenses are based on realistic numbers and that vital services will continue to be provided," Earl said.

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