“These legislative amendments are fiscally irresponsible and are tantamount to deficit spending in 2012, which will create a need for future tax cap overrides and significant tax increases in 2013, 2014 and beyond,” said Breslin in the letter.
Breslin took issue with $1.4 million in personnel service savings that were gleaned by not filling positions, and said it would have “severe consequences” for the county nursing home.
Breslin also criticized $750,000 in contractual and equipment savings budgeted by the legislature and said the savings would be difficult to achieve without cutting programs and services.
“The vast majority of the provider contracts generate state and federal reimbursement revenue so that a dollar cut does not equate to a county dollar saved,” said Breslin.
The legislature projected an additional 1 percent in sales tax revenue over what was included in Breslin’s Executive Budget, a move he called “risky” and that would “likely result in a budget shortfall” at the end of 2012.
Budget amendments regarding the sale of real property, savings associated with purchasing the family court building and savings related to health insurance were also on Breslin’s list of gripes.
“I urge the legislature to reconsider their actions,” said Breslin.
The budget is now passed back to the legislature, which has the option of overriding Breslin’s veto. Breslin is retiring at the end of the year.