Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Monroe County Has Most Alarming Fiscal Score in Entire State

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Rochester, New York – June 18, 2013.  Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature today responded to the State Comptroller’s announcement that Monroe County is under “significant fiscal stress.” Out of the 62 counties in New York State, Monroe has the worst fiscal stress score.

“Today’s report confirms what we’ve been saying all along: Monroe County needs to get its fiscal house in order,” Democratic Leader Carrie Andrews (D-Rochester) said. “The reality is every county in our state faces the same mandates, so that’s not an acceptable excuse for the current situation. Yet, Monroe is still listed as the most fiscally stressed municipality—by a wide margin—in the entire State. That should set off alarms bells for everyone in our community.”

According to the Comptroller’s report, Monroe scored 82.1% on the fiscal stress test. A score of 100% is the worst possible score. The next most stressed municipality is the Town of Ramapo in Rockland County which scored 70.8%. The next most stressed County on the list is Franklin County with a score of 67.5%--almost 15% better than Monroe’s score.

“This is what happens when budgets are balanced using one-shot revenues, under estimated expenses and other accounting gimmicks. We need long-term solutions to address the problems that have been glossed over for the past nine years by this administration. We hope that today’s report will serve as a wake-up call to local Republicans. The message is clear: this County is in more fiscal stress than any other County in the State and we need to have an open, straightforward conversation about how we’re going to fix that,” Andrews added.