Dear Rockland Neighbor, As Chairs of the Rockland County Legislature and its Budget Finance Committee, we are pleased to bring you the Rockland County 2018 Budget: A Citizens' Guide. This reader-friendly report explains the budget so all residents can see exactly how their tax dollars are put to work, and the tremendous value that County government adds to everyday life. We are particularly proud to note that after years of hard work and careful management, Rockland County has turned a significant fiscal corner and not only eliminated the deficit, but produced an impressive 6.3 million surplus
With a County property tax rate that remains far less than half of the state average, our government has learned to do more with less while still preserving the services you count on and that continue to demonstrate the incredible value of County government each day, including consumer protection, health, public transportation, and county parks, facilities, and infrastructure. This Citizens' Guide provides information necessary to be informed and increases transparency in County budgeting by detailing the revenues and expenditures of County government, state mandates and social service programs, and by providing operational information, a snapshot of County services and key actions taken by the Legislature over the last decade to make government work better, smarter, and harder for you.
WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM There are 16 categories of revenue in the 2018 Adopted Rockland County Budget, which has a net revenue total of 685.3 million. Source: 2018 Adopted Rockland County Budget Sales Tax 28.39 Interfund Revenues 20.08 Real Property Tax 17.54 State Revenue 10.95 Departmental Income 8.81 Federal Revenue 7.69 Tax Related 1.92 Miscellaneous 1.59 Residential Energy 1.32 Mortgage Tax 0.76 Motor Vehicle Use Tax 0.25 Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax 0.22 Licenses Permits 0.17
Source: 2018 Adopted Rockland County Budget LARGEST UNFUNDED STATE MANDATED SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS Medicaid 66,300,000 49.72 Education, Pre K (ages 3 5) 27,060,500 20.29 Children's services 9,500,000 7.12 Day Care 8,000,000 6.00 Education, Early Intervention (ages 0 2) 7,629,500 5.72 Family Assistance 7,600,000 5.70 Safety Net Program 5,200,000 3.90 Juvenile Delinquent Care 1,000,000 0.75 Services for Recipients 725,000 0.54 Home Energy Assistance 200,000 0.15 Medical Assistance 100,000 0.07 Emergency Aid for Adults 40,000 0.03 Total 133,355,000 100 Medicaid 49.72
ROCKLAND COUNTY: GOOD VALUE FOR TAXPAYERS A Sample Of The Many Programs And Services Provided By Rockland County Pap Tests, Pelvic Breast Exams for Women in Childbearing Years Breastfeeding Support for New Mothers Early Intervention (ages 0-2) to Help Children Attain Milestones Expected for Their Age Pre-K (ages 3-5) to Help Prepare Children to Succeed in School Youth Programs, Including Employment Environmental Conservation Opportunities
Criminal Investigations Prosecutions, Including the Fight Against Heroin, White-Collar Crimes Domestic Abuse. Maintenance of Jail Rockland County Police Academy Bomb Squad, Arson Investigation Unit Mounted River Patrols Training for Volunteer Firefighters Maintenance of the Crucial 911 System Legal Defense For Those
Legislature Works To Reduce The Deficit, Build A 6.3 Million Surplus Rockland County worked to eliminate its budget deficit from a high of about 138 million as of Dec. 31, 2013. By the end of 2017, the deficit had been eliminated and the county recorded a budget surplus of 6.3 million The Rockland County Legislature voted to approve borrowing 96 million to quickly pay down a large portion of the deficit, with the 2014 sale netting an additional premium of about 11 million above the 96 million, helping to further pay down the deficit. The 96 million is debt that must be paid off by 2023. The Rockland County Legislature also worked to reduce the deficit by setting aside 5 million in the 2015 budget and 1 million in the 2016 budget. The Legislature also set aside 1 million per year in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 budgets for tax overlay, which was continued in 2017 and 2018. The term refers to money that is set aside to cover uncollectable property taxes.
Approved participation in three early retirement incentive programs to reduce the number of county employees (2008, 2009 and 2010). Passed the Truth in Budgeting requirement (2010) to ensure that salaries for elected officials and those appointed for a fixed term conform to the budget adopted for the fiscal year. Passed an annual Multiyear Financial Plan requirement (2011) to give a truer picture of the county s financial situation and to avoid sudden tax increases or dramatic budget cuts.
Amended the Rockland County Deficit Reduction Act (2014) to require 4 million to be set aside annually and used for deficit reduction until the deficit s elimination. Adopted a local law requiring the public dissemination of all changes made to the County Executive's proposed budget (2015). Source: Rockland County Administrative Code Minutes of the Rockland County Legislature Rockland County Legislature
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