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Vanderhoef to Propose Expense Reductions, Department Consolidations

“No sacred cows” in Tuesday announcement

With a budget deficit looming of possibly $50 million, County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef will release the details of a multi-pronged, multi-year plan to strengthen Rockland’s fiscal position, consolidate departments and reduce services and programs on Tuesday. Vanderhoef also plans to request county legislative approval for additional revenue streams.

The county is waiting for the results of a of county finances including its hospital, Summit Park Medical Center. That audit is expected within the next few weeks.

According to Vanderhoef’s office, the impact of the state’s new two percent property tax cap, escalating costs for state-mandated services, declining state aid, and stagnant sales tax revenue numbers contributed to his decision to move forward with program cuts and reductions. The reductions will include the consolidation of numerous county departmental operations not mandated by the state.

“Medicaid alone accounts for more than 100% of ’s property tax,” said Vanderhoef.  “As a result, I have no other option but to develop and implement a bare-bones budget, as well as seeking funding from additional revenue sources. I invite the Rockland County Legislature to work with me in moving these stringent measures forward so that we can significantly improve the fiscal health of Rockland County government.”

Ron Levine, director of communications for the county executive, said department heads and county legislators are being contacted about the proposal.

“It’s a work in progress,” said Levine, adding there will be 11 charts specifying how certain numbers were determined. “Everything will be on the table.”  

Lance Dugby July 23, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Who is on Medicaid? Illegal alien offspring which you condoned and the bloc voters from whom you get your votes. Eliminate or severely cut back the Medicare from these groups and you will not have this problem. It is you Mr Vanderhoef that increased the Medicaid rolls. It all happened under your watch! Resign now before that audit comes out which will show your incompetence. I hoe you have not violated the law but I suspect you may have done so. Say hello to Uncle Vinny Liebel.
Martin Deane July 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM
The Budget has not been balanced for a decade the past 5 years you have projected revenue increases that have never been met. Try telling the truth and report the 1-2 Billion dollar debt you have run up giving away Free healthcare to everyone who works for 5 years and is 50 yrs old. Please leave and take St Lawrence and Mr. Gromack with you.
Susan Schirmann July 23, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Seems to me that it took an experienced county executive a long, long time to come up with this>?????? While our taxes increases! Who is on medicaid??? and I hope we all know why... and those friends of friends who are hired for jobs in the county is disgraceful. In business you would cut increases in salary, headcount, and have the work done by those who were lucky enough to remain.
Lance Dugby July 23, 2011 at 08:46 PM
If we could get rid of Vanderhief, Cornell, Shoenberger, St Lawrence, Gromack and Lettre, the six who have done more to ruin this County than any other 10,000 people we could turn this County into the beautiful place it was before these politicians destroyed it.
Lance Dugby July 23, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Add Vinny the shoplifter Reda to the list.

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