BY MICHAEL RICONDA County Budget & Finance Committee Approves 2013 Budget, Legislature to vote on it tonight New City – The County Legislature’s Budget & Finance Committee met on December 2 to approve the final version of the proposed 2013 budget, offering a look at what is to come should the legislature approve the proposal […]

RBA and Pattern for Progress’ White Paper on Budget Deficit a Must-Read for County Politicos and Concerned Taxpayers

EDITORIAL REPORT BY DYLAN SKRILOFF The Rockland Business Association and Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress have released a stellar white paper on Rockland County’s approximately $100 million budget deficit. The business membership group – Rockland’s largest – and the noted think tank’s work offers a comprehensive, but not excessively wonkish, overview of how Rockland got […]

Budget Dissatisfaction in Clarkstown

BY MARIA MIRAKAJ BROWNSELL Room 301 at Town Hall in Clarkstown filled up last Thursday as public hearings about the town budget took place. Many residents, police officers and public officials chatted amongst themselves while waiting for the meeting to begin. The first hearing was about a proposed “local law to override the tax levy […]

Orangetown Votes to Exceed Tax Cap Hike of 2%

Council Reduces Proposed Increase from 9.2% to 6.2% BY ROBERT KNIGHT CITY EDITOR The Orangetown Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to override the state-imposed limitation of a 2 percent increase in local real property taxes next year. By doing so, Orangetown joins three of its neighbors who have already passed similar resolutions: Clarkstown, Ramapo and […]