County Executive Ed Diana unveiled his spending plan Tuesday for Orange County for the 2014 budget cycle. This is Diana's final budget presentation as county executive after 12 years in office. Jessica Chen has more.
ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Orange County Executive Ed Diana presented his last Executive Budget for the county Tuesday, a budget that has a decrease in spending from last year's.
The $731 million spending plan includes a three percent decrease in spending.
Diana projects half of the county's revenue will be collected through property and sales tax. Those taxes will stay the same, at 3.75 percent.
One major topic of discussion was not the county's government center, which remains closed following damage from Irene and Lee, but the future of Valley View nursing home.. Diana was only able to allocate four months worth of funding for the county run nursing home in the budget, as the debate continues to privatize the facility.
Diana said, "Some of the county executive candidates say within four months, they would hope they would have enough knowledge and enough understanding of the issue after reading everything over, all the reports, all the accounting firms to make a decision within four months. I said, fine, I'm giving you four months of funding, so you have the time to do that."
The County Legislature has until mid-November to submit their changes to the budget to Diana. The budget must be adopted by the County Legislature by December 15th.