Goodman schedules early budget meetings   

(Monticello) – Jodi I. Goodman (R-6), Chair of the Management and Budget Committee announced that she has scheduled a series of six special meetings of the Management and Budget Committee to focus on the County Budget.  The meetings will be held at 1:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month, commencing on July 15, 2010.

“In order to provide for a legislative review of tax revenues and budgetary expenditures, it is prudent for the Management and Budget Committee to more closely review the fundamental impacts to the budget preparation process,” said Goodman.

“It is of particular concern, that the New York State Legislature adopted a State budget that may not be balanced, and shifts costs to County governments,” added Goodman. 

“All of my colleagues would love to cap or reduce property taxes, but Albany needs to reform its ways, starting with putting an end to counties paying a local share of Medicaid.  Sullivan County will be required to send nearly $20 million in local tax revenues to Albany for Medicaid next year.  New York State is one of only two states in the nation that require counties to fund Medicaid,” concluded Goodman.

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