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Rockland County Legislature Passes Amended 2014 Budget

Legislative Budget & Finance Committee Chair Michael Grant
Legislative Budget & Finance Committee Chair Michael Grant
(Photo and reporting by Patch Editor Robin Traum.)

The Rockland County Legislature passed an amended county budget for 2014 that calls for a 9.9 percent tax increase Thursday.

The budget passed by an 11 to 6 margin.

They were able to approve a budget with such a large increase because they also voted to override the state mandated property tax cap. County Executive Elect Ed Day, currently still a member of the legislature, cast what he described as a symbolic no vote due to the size of the tax increase. 
Todd M December 05, 2013 at 09:28 PM
$101 more per year for the average homeowner. Sob's!
kate cahill December 05, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Who are these people and WHY do WE vote for them??? (Thanks Ed Day. Keep on trying!)
Mike Hirsch December 05, 2013 at 10:04 PM
These people are professional politicians and know that most people who vote have no idea what they're voting for. If you've ever been to a legislative meeting, you'll see that most of them just sit up there on a raised platform like mummies. They don't really care what the citizens have to say. I would like to see the legislative chambers remodeled. We could build a large sunken pit in the middle of the room and let them sit down there, with the citizens surrounding them and sitting above them. It would be great to have concessionaires hawk rotten eggs and tomatoes so that the people who attend could throw that stuff at them. The money raised from the rotten egg and tomato sales could go a long way to reducing our deficit and we would have fun at the same time.
Kitchenwerks December 05, 2013 at 10:17 PM
They are driving life long residents out of the county.
kate cahill December 05, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Look at the recent increases 2012 and 2013- 30% and 18% respectively! Seriously- who among us has had household income increase enough to pay for this? Many of us have suffered income loss!
kate cahill December 05, 2013 at 10:40 PM
BTW-- Mike Hirsch- great imagery. Maybe we need to think what does it mean to be a "professional politician"- and what motivates people to become "public servants"? Money, power, the ability to skim the cream off the top?
M. Leybra December 06, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Is that some underhanded maneuvering by Cuomo getting to announce a state mandated 2% property tax cap, or what? Like a BS joke on property taxpayers since local School Boards & County Legislatures just keep voting to "override" it. Thanks Gov. Cuomo, apparently father raised you as a standard typical politician.
M. Leybra December 06, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Would've been educational article if New City Patch listed items in the amended budget that added up to the 10% tax raise. But guess we're on own to research any little more in-depth info.
Ryan Buncher (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 07:47 AM
M. Leybra, it is not a hard cap. In addition to provisions for overriding it, there are exemptions that were built in when the law was first passed. One point of clarification. School boards cannot just vote to override it as the town and county governments can. A school district budget that exceeds the cap requires 60 percent approval by the voters rather than a simple majority. Also, please note there was a more detailed article posted later Thursday night, which includes links to previous reports on the county budget.
Todd M December 06, 2013 at 09:50 AM
The government is a business going out of business who just keeps raising taxes to stay in business. Example: The US Post Office. We are all doomed!
Pat Godfrey December 06, 2013 at 10:18 AM
They get raises and create more jobs for themselves and their friends and we pay for it. They expand the size of county government and all they have to do is raise our taxes to cover it. Most of them have no fear of getting voted out. They have more than doubled our taxes in the last few years. We vote them back in every year. Why should we expect them to change? . It's the same people every year voting the same way every year. What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing time after time and expecting a different result.
steve December 11, 2013 at 05:45 AM
May I ask, why cannot we have an independent accounting group Look at the books. This is getting to a point of no return.

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