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Legislature Meeting Cancelled: Agenda Included Property Tax Cap Issues & Summit Park

Rockland Legislature expected vote on closing county pharmacy and ending employee prescription program in February 2013.

Editor's Note:  This meeting was cancelled at 5 p.m. due to the Nor'easter and no new date was announced. 

The Rockland County Legislature is scheduled to vote tonight on a resolution to create a Local Development Corporation, the Rockland County Health Facility Corporation.  If the legislature approves the LDC, it will immediately transfer ownership of the Summit Park Hospital & Nursing Home to it. The county executive proposed the transfer of Summit Park’s land, buildings, equipment and assets to the LDC. The LDC would have the authority to sell all or part of Summit Park with the proceeds being used to reduce the county’s budget deficit.

Legislators will vote on a resolution to close the county pharmacy and eliminate the free prescriptions provided to county employees. The measure would not renew the agreement with Med World Pharmacy. If approved, the changes would be effective on Feb. 5, 2013. 

The agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting includes the scheduling of three public hearings. 

The subjects of the public hearings include proposed local laws to:

  • create the Rockland County Deficit Reduction Act
  • override the two percent property tax cap
  • establish the Rockland County Mandate & Taxation Information Act
  • direct the creation of a Mandate & Tax Information Statement to be included in annual property tax bills.

The proposed statement would read as follows: 

“The State of New York requires local governments to perform many functions and provide services; without financial support. These state requirements or “unfunded state mandates” have a direct impact on local spending and represent a significant portion of the County and Town real property taxes that are due.  Please see the notice enclosed with this tax bill for a more detailed explanation of the spending required by the State of New York and the impact of local property tax rates or visit the following website: http://co.rockland.ny.us or http://www.co.rockland.ny.us/Legislature."

The legislators will also consider the request of the county commissioner of finance to insert a flyer in property tax bills that would summarize revenues and expenditures and the financial impact of state mandates on Rockland.

In other action, the legislators will vote on approving $200,000 more for remediation of the Pascack Brook and receive the 2011 Annual Report of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation.

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