Gas Tax Veto Override And Receipt Of 2010 Financial Report On County Legislature’s Agenda

Resolutions include $14.3 million in infrastructure expenses due to Hurricane Irene


The legislature meets tonight and has agenda items including a override, receipt of the annual financial report, inter-municipal agreements with towns and funding infrastructure repair expenses due to Hurricane Irene.

The legislature will vote on an override of County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef’s veto of a resolution that would cap the county’s tax on a gallon of gas at the $2 price point.  The measure would establish the local tax rate at the state’s capped level of taxation. The was introduced by Ed Day (R-New City/Pomona) in April.

Legislators will receive the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report-Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2010 and management letter from Bennett Kielson Storch DeSantis-Government Services Division Of O’Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins LLP.

They will vote on approving an inter-municipal agreement for $800,000 between the county and Town Of Ramapo for reimbursement of the removal of excess soil and restoration of soil sites. A vote will be taken on approving an inter-municipal agreement between Rockland and the Town of Clarkstown for more than $307,374 for park-and-ride lot maintenance and upkeep for January 1 through December 31, 2011.

Several resolutions deal with damages incurred by One is to amend the 2011 Capital Budget by $5,500,000 for the creation of a capital project for “For Emergency Engineering And Construction Services- Hurricane Irene” for the county highway department.  

A bond resolution for $5 million would provide financing for the “Reconstruction/Replacement Of Bridges And Culverts As A Result Of Hurricane Irene.” A second bond resolution for $3 million would provide funding for “Roadway Reconstruction And Replacement As A Result Of Hurricane Irene.” Another measure would authorize the advance of $850,00 in general fund monies for “Emergency Engineering Services-Hurricane Irene Capital Project.” 

The legislature will vote on accepting a Federal Basic Center Program Grant Financial Assistance Award for Project Turning Point, the county’s runaway and homeless youth program.  The   $100,00 from the U.S. Department Of Health & Human Services will cover from September 30, 2011 through September 29, 2012.  The legislators will also vote on a $162,000 contract between the county’s Youth Bureau and The Children’s Village for crisis intervention and respite services for the Turning Point program for the same time period.

Confirmation votes will be made on the following reappointments and appointments.

  • Reappointment of Susan Sherwood as the County Commissioner Of Social Services
  • Appointment of Dan Keeley of Suffern to the Rockland County Youth Bureau Board Of Directors
  • Appointment of Andreas England of Valley Cottage to the Rockland County Youth Bureau Board Of Directors
  • Appointment of Alice Gerard of Orangetown to the Rockland County Historic Preservation Board

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the county office building. 

Rockland County Legislator Ed Day December 19, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Will the sales tax cap on gas completely change consumer behavior? Absolutely not. NYS taxes are still too high as compared to NJ. BUT, it is a start that will certainly address that consumer “tipping point” by eliminating the increased disparity of pricing that comes by the sales tax not being capped at the $2 level. In fact, the ten years data showed that sales in Rockland dropped notably when the price went up, and increased substantially when the price went down. This is a simple, incontrovertible equation that again I need not tell you as your own eyes see all those New York plates in gas stations just across the border. And neither Rockland County nor NY State collects one penny on any sale in New Jersey. If we do not override this veto and establish this cap, we will be adding 6 – 7 – 8 - up to 10 cents per gallon to the retail price of gasoline. It is absolutely incongruous that we as a border county would ever do something like that. In the final analysis, this is overtaxation and stopping it is simply the right thing to do.
Mike Hirsch December 20, 2011 at 07:28 AM
I'm with you on this one Legislator Ed. Vanderhoef needs to go. Hopefully he'll retire to Florida or North Carolina with the others that have put us on the path to ruin. It would be great if he would take Reda and Lettre with him. I just wish there was some way we could clawback their pensions.
Michael Gries December 20, 2011 at 02:47 PM
"It Costs Less in Jersey". Don't remember the last time I bought gas in Rockland. It's the visual posting of prices that make consumers aware of our being ripped off here. When in Jersey I always take advantage of the luxury of being able to stay in the car and let them pump. But it's not just gas. With our sales tax going up people will increasingly shop in New Jersey where taxable products are less expensive.


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