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Monroe County plans for budget shortfall

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: May 22, 2020 05:20 PM
Created: May 22, 2020 02:12 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County Executive Adam Bello is announcing some cuts to help tackle the county's massive budget shortfall due to the coronavirus.

While the numbers look slightly better than before, the County's adjusted budget now shows the deficit to be between $46 million and $85 million, much of it blamed on April's sales tax receipts.

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"When you look at overall receipts, and the county's share of those receipts they show a drop over 25% as compared from April of 2019, to April of 2020. That big drop puts us at 1.42% behind the sales tax receipts at this point last year," Bello said.

Bello says he does not intend to lay off county employees but indicated where some cuts will be made.

"I have ordered a temporary non-essential hiring freeze, and essential hiring delay for over 400 vacant positions throughout county government creating $19.5 million in appropriation reserves for salaries, and benefits," Bello said.

These positions Bello says have been vacant since the beginning of the year. Another $10 million in cuts is coming from delaying, or eliminating cash capital projects.

"You are going to see a delay in how we fix things. You know in parks if something is broken, the doors, benches is broken, something like that will not get fixed right away. The potholes that exist, or paving of the streets may not get fixed next week because we'd like it to be," Bello said.

Mid-year budget reductions will also come from every Monroe County Governmental Department for millions more in savings. When asked if he will raise taxes for next year's budget, Bello had this to say.

"We are making these significant spending reductions and spending reserves right now so that we don't need to do that. That's being responsible right now, and what this budget is all about," Bello said.

In total the current budget potential saving is about $47.6 million.


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