Report: $65M in Nassau's 2013 budget at risk

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Nearly $65 million in Nassau County's proposed $2.79 billion budget for 2013 is at risk, according to a new report by the independent Office of Legislative Budget Review.

The report notes that County Executive Edward Mangano's budget would reduce the county workforce by 48 positions, bringing it to 7,395. That would save $2.8 million next year.

Brian Nevin, chief spokesman for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, said that "the employee head count reduction to 7,395 positions will be met. If employees have not left voluntarily by the end of next year, layoffs will be used."

Jerry Laricchiuta, president of Civil Service Employees Association 830, said: "We're hopeful that through attrition and incentives we can get it down to zero by the end of the year." The CSEA has borne the bulk of county layoffs.

The Budget Review report, released Friday, said risks to Mangano's 2013 spending plan include $18.8 million in police termination pay.

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The money would need to be borrowed, but legislative Democrats are refusing to go along.

The report noted progress in reducing expenditures.

It said property tax refunds in the proposed budget total $18 million, compared with nearly $100 million in recent years.

A court this year ended Nassau's responsibility to pay all property tax refunds for schools and other taxing districts.

Local school districts are appealing the decision. "We're still confident in our position," said Rockville Centre School District Superintendent William Johnson, a leader in the court challenge.

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