➢ The addition of two county deputies to combat the abuse of opioids and other illegal substances and state-mandated staffing at the jail will drive public safety costs up by roughly 7 percent.
➢ Resources for addicted individuals also will create additional costs in community health programs.
➢ Other expected increases in 2019 will be due state-imposed programs, notably the Raise The Age (RTA) law and an older court settlement by the state to improve access to public defense.
The public hearing on, and adoption of, the county’s 2019 budget will follow the regular legislative session. The regular session agenda includes:
· Authorizing a transfer of $90,000 from the Contingent Fund to the Sheriff’s Budget.
· Authorizing the acceptance of the New York State Office of Mental Health 2018 Cost of Living Allocation.
· Authorizing the distribution of semi-annual mortgage tax receipts.