A Rockland legislator is proposing across-the-board pay cuts to help solve the current budget crisis. Legislator Joseph Meyers (D-District 12) wants to cut 5 percent from every non-union worker’s paycheck. Meyers says his proposal includes elected officials. Last week, the Rockland Country Legislature voted to lay off more than 100 workers along with eliminating 45 vacant jobs, which officials say will save the county more than $6 million. Along with those jobs cuts, board members reinstated an energy tax and voted to increase DMV fees to raise revenue.
The county is trying to close a $21 million budget gap.
A spokesman for County Executive Scott Vanderhoef (R-Rockland) says the county is also trying to secure a $95 million bond from the state to help shore up the county’s finances.