Rockland County Legislature Proposes To Save Some Services, Jobs But Raise Taxes

NEW CITY, NY (WCBS 880) – Taxes are going up in Rockland County under its newly formed 2012 budget, but hundreds of jobs and other services will be saved.

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The new budget, which was different from the one proposed by county executive Scott Vanderhoef, will save more than 500 jobs and keeps Summit Hospital open while restoring money to police programs and non-profit agencies.

About $60 million will be borrowed to help pay the $52 million deficit and that will be paid back with revenue from a 3/8 percent increase of the sales tax.

Property taxes will increase about 2 percent, but in reality, it will be more like 30 percent because of a surcharge to pay off a loan.

The Journal News reports that on average, homeowners will pay $172 more.

The question now: will the county executive use his veto pen?

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

  • Rocco

    I’ll make it a little easier for you- here is a list of all the legislators that voted yes to this proposal: Cornell, Jackson,Bierker,Schoenberger wolf, Coker,jobson,Murphy,Soskin.
    Make a note of them, stick it in your wallet or purse and next time you see there name on a ballot-ANY BALLOT- make sure you DO NOT vote for them.
    And LET THEM KNOW what you are doing!!!!

  • Rocco

    Stop all the whinning already!!
    You voted these jerks in office – now live with it or get out!!
    Better yet get involved!! or get out!!
    Contact your legistator and county executive if you know who they are and tell them how you feel!!
    Oh yea one more thing – START VOTING – or get out!!

  • MikeP

    We’ll probably reach very soon the point of not paying taxes at all any longer. It’s just a matter of organizing. Where are the “Occupy the Wall Street” people. Come on guys, put your tents in Rockland County (they might charge you for the tent, so everybody wins). There is one word for this: thieves. In the end this is what it is. People who never produced a thing in their life, just still money from those who really work.

  • Pearl Rivers

    Nowhere in this proposal is any mention of billing New York City for our budget shortfall. City residents already subsidize us, so it shouldn’t be a big deal to ask for more. They OWE us, anyway. We’re the REAL Americans and the best way to prove it is by taking their money.

  • Bernard

    It is very unfair to home owners to keep on carrying the tax burden for these politicians. Every year taxes keep on going up a lot higher than our pay raises. Sure it is deploreable to have goverment employees get laid off but we cant spend more than what we make, the money has to come from somewhere and that is in the form of taxes. We have to cut the waste in goverment. Where are the politicians who promise no new taxes. They just keep on making promises but never have the political will to do what is right.

  • Andrew

    How do you report this “raising of taxes” as “saving jobs”? Who’s Jobs? Not the jobs of the productive people the taxpayers and homeowners are being GOUGED more by the Rockland Government. Rockland already has about the highest property taxes in the USA. Higher per dollar value of home than Bergen County, higher per dollar value of home than Beverly Hills CA. Rockland already has sky-high sales taxes. Its time for the Government to cut back here, make police work for 30 years instead of 20 to get pensions, makes teachers work 48 weeks per year instead of only 170 days per year (half the year) to get full pay. Retail stores already closing in Rockland, their jobs not saved. Construction workers many are unemployed, as the Homeowners Taxes ratcheted up = less new construction, their jobs not saved. Homeowners in Rockland should BAND TOGETHER AND WITHOLD PROPERTY TAXES. How dare the local government BREAK Gov. Cuomo’s new Law limiting further property tax increases to 2% per year.

  • Sean

    While I think the above comment may be a little hostile, I do agree that this is deplorably. You want to be regarded as a desirable place to live? Don’t raise taxes this drastically. No one is going to buy a house there now. I pity anyone living in the county. I’m glad I got out in time.
    a 24 year old who left because Rockland is not a desirable place to live

  • Larry

    Sue the government we have in Rockland County. These cronies, are not looking out for the people. MY Property Taxes have gone from $6900 to over $20000, while my values have dropped 20%. I’m in my mid 50’s and trapped. Sell your house to who, and keep paying higher and higher property taxes, to pay for union employees who work for the town and county so they can have their pensions. I want to know as a private employee where is my pension. You can see the writing on the wall, in twenty years all the governmental employees, including teachers will retire comfortably, but idiots like us will be losing every nickel, and social security does not pay out what everybody projected. One of the 53% who pay FIT.

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