Rockland County Executive Announces Budget That Raises Taxes, Cuts Jobs

NEW CITY, NY (WCBS 880) – Rockland County’s problems have been growing for some time.

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The county relies heavily on sales tax and the recession stung.

The county has a $52 million deficit and County Executive Scott Vanderhoef has warned for some time the 2012 budget would be difficult.

He has now announced that there will be nearly 800 jobs lost, property taxes will rise 2 percent, plus there will be a one time $160 surcharge to pay off an $18 million loan.

Summit Park Hospital will close.

There will be no more prenatal clinic and no more funding for cancer prevention.

The tourism department will also be a thing of the past.

There are cuts to the sheriff’s department and narcotics task force.

Plus, there are some new taxes on cell phones, hotels, motels, and real estate transfers and the mortgage tax will increase.

Union leaders vow to fight the proposal.

Lawmakers are reserving comment until they can review all of the numbers.

What do you think Rockland County should do about its budget woes? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  • Steven

    Rockland should merge back with Orange County.

  • George

    Monte. no they wanted to spell CROOK “informala dishonest person, esp a swindler or thief”

  • E

    Welcome to New York…the state that never saw a tax in didn’t like.

  • Wesley Tomkins

    Rockland County should just bill New York City for the budget shortfall. We’re the REAL New Yorkers, and the best way to prove it is with THEIR money.

  • Scott Rockland

    I am really sick to hear about overpaid gov. employees, polices, teaches, etc. We have to pay for all of the taxes which Scott Vanderhoef generated in the future. He is a job losses in Rockland County. A ton of companies are walking out of Rockland due to high corp. tax. Now I am seeing that the property taxes will be increasing in the future. It is awful.

  • Scott

    One of the job losses should be Scott Vanderhoef. Anyone who is in job like that for to long, elected or not, is going to be prone to mismangement simply becuase, the system of checks and balances goes unquestioned. And this guy’s managment of the loval government is a perfect example with overpaid police, government workers and all his litle pals living high on the hog, now us hardworking tax payers of to pay for it. It’s sickening.

  • Monte

    Spell check is a GREAT thing!! You should try it

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