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Letter: Suffolk needs a fiscal control board

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in his office

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in his office in Hauppauge. (Dec. 4, 2013) Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

The writing is on the wall for Suffolk County ["Suffolk County wading ever deeper into red ink," Editorial, April 11]. We are headed for a financial crisis that will exceed Nassau's and may result in Suffolk County becoming the next Detroit!

As Newsday pointed out, Suffolk borrowed $280 million to get through 2007, but needed $625 million in 2013. Suffolk County's use of short-term debt continues to grow while Nassau County's is leveling off.

At least in Nassau County there is a financial control authority to keep the county's finances under watch. In Suffolk County, our elected officials, including County Executive Steve Bellone and our legislators, have essentially rubber-stamped sweetheart police and county labor contracts with raises we cannot afford.

The only viable way to head off Suffolk's looming crisis is to have an independent authority take financial decision-making out of the hands of elected officials.

Jerry Bilinski, Riverhead

Editor's note: The writer is employed by a county contractor.