Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino released his first budget this morning, asking for a 1 percent tax levy reduction for 2011. As advertised, this is a budget of across-the-board pain to close a projected $166 million deficit.
More will come on this, but for now here are some highlights:
* 226 layoffs. Along with early retirements and voluntary separations during the 2010 year, that brings the total reduction of the county workforce to 705 employees.
*Totals spending will go from $1.786 billion to $1.1819 billion, a total reduction of $33 million.
* Two county-run homeless shelters in New Rochelle and Greenburgh will be closed.
* Two county pools will be closed– at Playland and Sprain Brook Park.
* The budget assumes a 4 percent increase in sales tax revenues, or $358 million for 2011.
* Reflecting the decline in housing, the budget assumes mortgage tax receipts of $13.85 million, down from $19.3 million collected in 2008.
* Social services will see no reduction from last year’s $575 million budgeted outlay. “We will not balance this budget on the backs of the poor,” Astorino said.
* $595,000 cut of the Human Rights Commission, an agency that has long been identified as redundant.