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McCoy offers county budget below tax cap

Proposal would fund county nursing home only to June 2014, planning on LDC takeover

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy released his 2014 budget proposal to legislators Tuesday, Oct. 8, afternoon that keeps the county within its state imposed tax levy limit.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy released his 2014 budget proposal to legislators Tuesday, Oct. 8, afternoon that keeps the county within its state imposed tax levy limit. Photo by John Purcell.

— “It is going to take some time for the finance committee and members of the legislature to take a look at where things are,” Commisso said.

Minority Leader Christine Benedict could not immediately be reached for comment.

McCoy said his proposed budget doesn’t contain any “one-shot wonders” and holds “true savings” without “draconian cuts.” His budget would raise taxes by $15 for a $200,000 home.

“My budget plan outlines the path for financial health for the next three years,” said McCoy in a statement. “Through partnership and compromise, I’ve proposed a budget that will cost the average homeowner an additional $1.25 per month, while adding money to the county’s reserves and solving the longstanding nursing home crisis with the establishment by the legislature of their LDC (local development corporation).”

McCoy has long said operating the nursing home is costing the county approximately $1 million per month, and that the burden needs to be lifted off taxpayers.

The six-month timetable for the nursing home change means county legislators will need to decide how to transfer operations of the nursing home to the LDC, which holds no funds or assets at the moment.

Commisso said “it’s hard to say” whether the LDC would be ready to take over the nursing home at that time. The biggest hold up could be receiving a certificate of need from the state.

“Sometimes it could linger for months and sometimes it goes on for a year or more before the certificate of need is issued,” Commisso said. “I am sure there will be a lot of discussion regarding the nursing home and how we proceed from this point and taking a look from where the money would be to continue it throughout the year.”

Commisso said the timetable is “achievable” if the state makes it a priority and “everything falls in place properly.”

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