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Legislature Sets New Tax Rate For 2014

The Rockland County Legislature will vote tonight on setting the new county tax rate for 2014. The rate was initially expected to be 9.9 percent but the county budget was increased by more than $475,000 earlier this month. County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef vetoed 16 items in the budget the legislature had removed. The legislature overrode 10 of the vetoes, leading to an increased tax rate of approximately 10.4 percent.

The full legislature is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. following a Budget & Finance Committee session at 6:45 p.m. The legislative session will begin with a public hearing on a proposal to transfer the remaining county rights for Building A at the Yeager Health Complex to the Rockland County Health Facilities Corporation for possible sale.  The Health Facilities Corporation was created to sell the county’s nursing home, which has been running deficit of about $10 million a year.

The legislature will vote on adopting the 2014 tax rate for the $752,645,134 budget. The amounts to be raised by various taxes will also be voted on. Property taxes are expected to raise $105,960,167; mortgage taxes are expected to bring in $4,250,000 and the residential energy tax is expected to raise $8,800,000. The hotel/motel tax is expected to bring in $1,150,000; the motor vehicle use tax is expected to raise $1,600,000 and sales tax revenues are projected to contribute $180,000,000. 

Legislators will vote on the amount of county property tax to be collected from each town. $36,725,705 will come from Clarkstown and $22,582,378 will come from Orangetown. 

The legislature meets at 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.

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