The proposed 2014 Rensselaer County maintains the county services residents, especially seniors and youths, rely on, while protecting the solid financial position and positive bond ratings earned by the county during tough economic times. The budget also stays under the state tax cap. The 2014 county budget is the third consecutive budget to stay under the tax cap, meaning the county has complied with the state tax cap since the tax cap was implemented three years ago.
Last Thursday saw the first public hearing regarding the county budget. The schedule for review and consideration of the 2014 budget, as set forth by the County Charter, continues during the coming weeks:
Budget and Finance Committee files report on review of proposed county budget to County Executive, on or before November 20;
Public hearing on proposed changes to proposed county budget, Monday, November 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the legislative chambers;
Review of proposed changes to the proposed county budget by County Executive, Budget Director, Chairman of the Legislature, Majority and Minority Leaders, and members of the Budget and Finance Committee, Tuesday, November 26 at 12:15 p.m.;
Special meeting to consider adoption of the 2014 county budget, Monday, December 2 at 6 p.m. in the legislative chambers;
Clerk of the Legislature forwards adopted budget to County Executive by December 3;
County Executive returns adopted budget to Clerk of Legislature with approval or line item veto messages by December 4;
Special meeting to consider budget items, in the instance a veto is issued; December 4, 6:30 p.m., in the legislative chambers.
Special meeting to consider any unresolved fiscal issues from the 2013 fiscal year, and any other matters; Tuesday, December 17, 6 p.m., in the legislative chambers.