Rockland County executive unveils 2024 proposed budget with 2% property tax cut
Rockland County Executive Ed Day officially announced his 2024 budget proposal Monday morning at the Robert Yager Health Center in Pomona.
The proposed $870.7 million budget would include a 2% county property tax cut, 10% more money going to contracted nonprofit agencies and two more senior centers.
There would not be any layoffs or furloughs – instead some vacant positions would be cut as other jobs are created. This as the county looks for more funding from state grants focused on clean energy and Climate-Smart.
"This budget is more than just a budget for 2024. It's a blueprint for a brighter future here in Rockland County,” said Day. “One that prioritizes the wellbeing of our residents, the growth of our economy, and the sustainability of our environment."
Day also reflected on the county's financial growth since taking office about a decade ago when there was a $138 million deficit. He stated the county will be eliminating that deficit next year when they make the final payment.
The Rockland County Legislature would need to adopt the budget for it to become official. The Legislature is expected to hold a public hearing on it on Nov. 20.
"The details of an $800 million budget require a detailed review, but based on what the county executive announced today, it appears to be a good solid footing,” said Jay Hood Jr., the Legislature’s chairman. “The most important goal is that we have the most efficient spending plan while also continuing to provide the services our residents and businesses rely on.”
“Based on what the county executive expressed today, the proposed budget seems to address many of the evolving needs of county government. I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner with all of my legislative colleagues, as well as the county executive and his staff, as a final plan is decided,” said Aron Wider, the Legislature’s Budget & Finance Committee chairman.