Legislative Changes to Proposed 2012 County Budget Revealed Tonight

Budget & Finance Committee will discuss and vote on changes


The Rockland Legislature’s Budget & Finance Committee meets tonight at 6 p.m. to review and vote on changes to the proposed 2012 county budget.  The committee will discuss the proposed changes to the budget presented to the legislature in late October by County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef.  On Tuesday evening, the full legislature will meet to adopt a budget for next year.

Budget & Finance Committee Chairman Ilan Schoenberger (D-Ramapo) said the legislators will be going over schedules and spreadsheets included in the proposed budget.

“The process is a very lengthy and complicated one,” he said.

He explained there are pages and pages of suggested changes to the county executive’s $701.8 million budget and expected the legislative staff will work through the afternoon to prepare all the materials for the meeting.

“They’re minutiae,” Schoenberger said. “It’s detailed.”

The county executive’s budget called for departmental eliminations, hundreds of staff layoffs and program reductions to combat a.  While many of the legislators know about some of the committee’s recommendations, they may not be aware of all of them.  Even though he has been speaking and meeting with many of the legislators, Schoenberger expects those who are not members of the committee to be present at the special meeting. 

“As it progresses, we’re always discussing possible changes,” he explained. 

The changes will be reviewed and additional changes may be recommended.  At the beginning of the session, Schoenberger will make a presentation about the budget explaining what the budget does and what changes are being made.

The meeting will end with a vote by the 10 committee members.

“We adopt those schedules in committee tonight,” he said.  “We vote on them tomorrow night with the full legislature.”

Following the full legislative vote, the clerk to the legislature will accept and certify the resolutions approved by the legislators and send them to the county executive.  The county executive has several options: accepting the budget, vetoing it or vetoing specific line items. Vanderhoef has five days to act on the budget.

If he vetoes it, the legislature can accept it or override it at its next meeting.  The deadline for a county budget is December Tuesday, 20.

“By December 20, by law the budget must be finalized,” said Schoenberger.

The full legislature meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6 to vote on the 2012 budget.

Ed B December 06, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Probably an insignfiicant item impacting the budget, but how about requiring Rockland County employees to pay at least a token co-pay for their prescription drugs, instead of enjoying a free ride
Walt December 06, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Apparently the Budget and Finance Committee does not like to make some tough choices to cut spending and proposes that we again increase taxes to keep the gravy train rolling. I think their proposal is disgraceful and they should be shown the door as well as any RC legislator that agrees with them. People are struggling to make ends meet and they just want to spend, spend, spend.
Mike Hirsch December 06, 2011 at 02:51 AM
The election was several weeks ago.
Stephen H Grant December 06, 2011 at 02:58 PM
All you do is complain about rising taxes but never offer a solution or remedy. What would you give up? How about police coverage on alternate days? Or rolling blackouts on street and traffic lighting to save on utility bills? How about letting raw sewage flow down the middle of your street? You are childish in your thinking because you demand something for nothing. The Legislature is making hard choices. Do you like throwing the sick and old into the streets? Are you willing to be the one to deliver the "pink slips" to the County employees; tell them they are unnecessary, undeserving of a living? Your county ( I repeat county) tax rate is among the lowest (I repeat lowest) in the state. Take a look at your tax bill and see who gets the lion's share. You get the most bang for your buck from your county taxes.
Bard of Bardonia December 06, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Stephen: If someone is banging on my head with a hammer it offers no solace to tell me others are being hit with sledgehammers.


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