Essex County starts budget process

Budget officer says cuts are expected

— “You have a budget with a $3 tax rate and a county budget with a $13 tax rate, you tell me which one is a train wreck,” Palmer said. “This tax cap was put in place with no regard to what the tax rate is.”

Scozzafava said that, either way, his intention was to have a budget that was in-line with the state mandate.

“It’s our intention to put together a budget that is at the 2 percent tax levy cap and you are going to see what is eliminated in this budget for 2012,” Scozzafava said. “We are all going to have a pet project that is going to be gone.”

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