Revised 2012 County Spending Plan Delivered to Vanderhoef

County Executive has until end of business Wednesday, Dec. 14 to act


The 2012 proposed budget, which the Rockland County Legislature approved by a 12 to 4 vote on Tuesday night, was delivered to County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef early this afternoon.  He has five days to act upon it.  The Clerk to the Legislature Laurence O’Toole had to certify that votes were taken on the 22 resolutions and two local laws before the budgetary documents could be forwarded. 

“We gave it to him today,” said Legislative Counsel Ricardo McKay. “The first day you count is tomorrow.”

By law, the had to adopt a budget by today, Dec. 7.  Vanderhoef has until the end of business on Wednesday, Dec. 14 to take one of several actions. He can veto the entire budget, which includes a 30 percent property tax increase, 3/8 of a percent sales tax hike and 40 job cuts.  Vanderhoef can veto certain line items and approve others or he can do nothing, which would result in the revised budget being implemented. 

McKay said if the county executive returns a “negative statement” to the legislature either a veto of the entire budget or specific line items, the legislature must meet again.

“We have no later than Dec. 20 to have another meeting of the full legislature,” he said. 

Under that scenario, legislators would have to vote on an override of any veto. The next full legislative meeting is slated for Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Maureen December 07, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Be a MAN, Scott, and stick to your principles and your budget! Either veto this or retire and let someone else get us out of this tax and spend mess. Watch the comments that will follow mine and you will have no doubt what you, as OUR servant, are expected to do. Let the Legislature vote to override your veto if it dares and we will take care of each one of its members at the polls. Who else would like to support/oppose this comment?
Thomas Leonard December 07, 2011 at 09:31 PM
I agree a veto is needed.
Walt December 07, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Veto it, serious cuts need to be made.
dennis December 07, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Veto the budget. Looks like an interesting election next time around. 30% increase what are they smoking.
linda Paolino December 07, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Veto. A 30% property tax increase is going to be a hardship for many families in Rockland County.
George C December 07, 2011 at 11:33 PM
I say borrow 800 million. Then we can give all employees a nice raise. Hire more people. Give out more "free stuff". With 800 million, we could give a tax rebate to everyone. We could eliminate the sales tax, the mta tax, the mortgage tax. It would be great! We are kicking the can down the road with borrowing, so instead of having to borrow more each year, lets just borrow what we really need and have some extra too. After all, it's free money right? We never have to pay it back. It's the Obama way. Also Scott, while you are at it, I think we need to expand the department of tourism. After all, Rockland County has so many attractions that attract outsiders. Let's also hire more employees, since the people are overworked. Just think what more people can do working for the county. I also think that we should give all the legislators a nice raise, we should even give them longevity pay for all their great years of service and all of their help in getting us to where we are today. It's the least we can do as taxpayers. Borrow, borrow, borrow, but borrow enough so we have lots of extra money to spend. That will fix the mess we are in.
fred December 07, 2011 at 11:55 PM
we need gromack in for county exec.he will lead us down the golden road.hopefully a quickcheck to
David Simon December 08, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Robin, you should cover what happens in the event that he does veto. The recommendations he made close down Summit Park Hospital in Pomona, NY. If he vetos he will kill hundreds of government jobs. These- mostly born in Rockland, have spent their lives working in that hospital. By privatizing it you cut benefits that were promised to people significantly and take opportunity out of Rocklands present.
DMM13 December 08, 2011 at 02:11 PM
I am not happy with the proposed hike either but I believe it comes down out to approx 160.000 a year on the avg. I can live with that to right the ship and save those jobs...but we do need to make cuts for the future. Some areas as law enforcement isnt an option...caps is probablly the way in that area of the budget. I am sure we can make some cuts and solid decisions and save money with out hurting the quality of life here in rockland....first cut should be the elimination of the tourism dept.....we all know what thats about
Walt December 08, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Make the hard decision NOW! Every year we hear "it will only $20 per household increase" but my increase is always into the hundreds of $ and I have the same size home as everyone in the neighborhood. Using RC taxpayer money for jobs that aren't productive, are redundant and have have no accountability for the sake of keeping them is foolish. If Summit Park can be privatized, than do it. Eliminate the tourism department. Eliminate the RC Dept of Transportation because using tax $ to subsidize a bus company to run half empty busses all over the County at all hours is a waste. If there is money to be made running busses, then let a private company foot the bill but using tax money to keep TOR afloat is ridiculous.
linda Paolino December 08, 2011 at 03:20 PM
I don't. What is that about?
JP December 08, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Veto this Budget! It wil be just too costly down the road. The days of wine and roses are over. Just look to Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Christie if you want to see what reform looks like. Sometimes it hurts but you've got to make some substantial cuts somewhere.
Tony B December 08, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Let's not kill the masses to save a few hundred. Hopefully they saved their pennies over the years they enjoyed. Scott needs to grow a pair and do what's right. Otherwise he' s out next round. Everone's on the same page on this. It should be clear. Veto! Start trimming.
kathy morrissette December 08, 2011 at 07:15 PM
how much more money will the average homeowner be asked to pay--in dollars?
Mike Hirsch February 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Great idea George, but why stop at 800 million? Let's borrow 800 billion. That way our representatives could send us all a check for several hundred thousand. We can then all abandon our homes and leave this sorry state.


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