Revised 2012 County Spending Plan Delivered to Vanderhoef

County Executive has until end of business Wednesday, Dec. 14 to act


The 2012 proposed budget, which the Rockland County Legislature approved by a 12 to 4 vote on Tuesday night, was delivered to County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef early this afternoon.  He has five days to act upon it.  The Clerk to the Legislature Laurence O’Toole had to certify that votes were taken on the 22 resolutions and two local laws before the budgetary documents could be forwarded. 

“We gave it to him today,” said Legislative Counsel Ricardo McKay. “The first day you count is tomorrow.”

By law, the had to adopt a budget by today, Dec. 7.  Vanderhoef has until the end of business on Wednesday, Dec. 14 to take one of several actions. He can veto the entire budget, which includes a 30 percent property tax increase, 3/8 of a percent sales tax hike and 40 job cuts.  Vanderhoef can veto certain line items and approve others or he can do nothing, which would result in the revised budget being implemented. 

McKay said if the county executive returns a “negative statement” to the legislature either a veto of the entire budget or specific line items, the legislature must meet again.

“We have no later than Dec. 20 to have another meeting of the full legislature,” he said. 

Under that scenario, legislators would have to vote on an override of any veto. The next full legislative meeting is slated for Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

linda Paolino December 08, 2011 at 03:20 PM
I don't. What is that about?
JP December 08, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Veto this Budget! It wil be just too costly down the road. The days of wine and roses are over. Just look to Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Christie if you want to see what reform looks like. Sometimes it hurts but you've got to make some substantial cuts somewhere.
Tony B December 08, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Let's not kill the masses to save a few hundred. Hopefully they saved their pennies over the years they enjoyed. Scott needs to grow a pair and do what's right. Otherwise he' s out next round. Everone's on the same page on this. It should be clear. Veto! Start trimming.
kathy morrissette December 08, 2011 at 07:15 PM
how much more money will the average homeowner be asked to pay--in dollars?
Mike Hirsch February 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Great idea George, but why stop at 800 million? Let's borrow 800 billion. That way our representatives could send us all a check for several hundred thousand. We can then all abandon our homes and leave this sorry state.


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