Vanderhoef on Editorial Spotlight Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef discusses his proposed 2011 budget in an Editorial Spotlight interview at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The $711.5 million spending plan would increase the tax levy by 3.9 percent. That would translate into a $24 increase for a typical homeowner, pushing the county portion of the property tax bill to $624, his budget team predicts. The budget plan also trims county contributions to most contract agencies by 3 percent, and counts on an $18 million infusion of cash from the sale of the county’s nursing home and hospital facility to a public benefit corporation.
Despite those moves, the county Legislature’s financial consultants contend that more action is needed to keep the county’s deficit, now at $38.7 million, from ballooning to as much as $77 million by the end of 2011.
Another friction point:?legislators — and county workers — have expressed dismay at the inclusion of the hospital and nursing home sale in the budget proposal. Such a dramatic proposal needs much more exploration than can take place in the weeks set aside for budget discussions, lawmakers have said. Enabling state legislation has yet to be drafted, let alone introduced, in Albany. Besides the $18 million for the 2011 spending plan, Vanderhoef has said the sale of the facility to a public benefit corporation could be a significant revenue stream for the county over the next several years, because the overall sale price could reach $80 million. No appraisal has been done.
In addition to Vanderhoef, joining the discussion will be Rockland Deputy Commissioner of Budget Steve Grogan and the county executive’s chief of staff, Sean Mathews. Watch the LIVE session at www.LoHud.com/editorialspotlight; submit a question by engaging the “CoverItLive” feature.