Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef is preparing to unveil his final proposed county budget Wednesday.
Vanderhoef said about a year ago that he would not seek re-election to a sixth four-year term.
So now, he prepares to pitch his proposed 2014 spending plan – and it’s one that his successor, either Democrat David Fried or Republican Ed Day, will have to work within during their first year on the job.
Vanderhoef said his plan will presume certain things, including the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a home-rule request that would allow the county to borrow $96 million to quickly pay down most of its $125 million-plus budget deficit.
The state Senate and Assembly gave the nod to the request in June, but Cuomo hasn’t said whether he plans to approve or veto the request. His decision will have a major impact on the county property tax rate because without the loan, the county property tax bill could double.
The loan won’t be free, but most county legislators and Vanderhoef have said since it can be repaid over time, the impact will be easier for taxpayers to handle and will provide the county with the cash flow it needs to allow for smoother operations.
Above, C. Scott Vanderhoef in his office at the Allison-Parris County Office Building in New City. (Photo/Laura Incalcaterra)