Suffolk bill would mandate web postings of final budget

Suffolk Legis. Rob Calarco introduced a bill requiring Suffolk Legis. Rob Calarco introduced a bill requiring the Suffolk County executives office to publish the adopted operating and capital budgets within three months of their approval. (May 20, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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Earlier this year, Suffolk Legis. Rob Calarco went online to find a final copy of the countys 2013 budget -- six months after it had been adopted. He found only the county executives proposed version, without any of the adjustments lawmakers had later made. I didnt think that was appropriate, said Calarco (D-Patchogue).

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In response, he introduced a bill requiring the executives office to publish the adopted operating and capital budgets within three months of their approval.

The bill passed the budget committee last week, and is expected to get final approval tomorrow. I think the public should have access to the final budget in a reasonable amount of time, Calarco said.
 

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