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County Executive Maggie Brooks has responded to the report, calling it hypocritical and premature. She says all counties in the state were not accounted for in the State Comptroller's report.
According to Thomas DiNapoli, 24 communities in New York State are fiscally stressed. Out of those communities, Monroe County was number one for the worst fiscal stress score.
The stress monitoring system looked at 23 financial and environmental factors, such as cash on hand and operation deficit patterns.
"With Monroe, you saw with our five main categories on the fiscal measures and four out of the five, we found significant issues and then the scoring was done based on how significant
those issues were," said DiNapoli, D. "There are obviously a host of areas where Monroe needs to do a better job. What we propose to do as part of this monitoring system is not only point out those communities that are in stress and to what degree, but to offer the services of our office on an accelerated basis."
"If you want to fix the counties, if you want to help fiscally distressed counties, you have got to fix the mandates. Eighty-three percent of our budget here in Monroe County is controlled by the state of New York, and every year those programs grow and grow and grow in terms of their impact," said Brooks, R.
Brooks says if the state doesn't ease up on those mandates, the next option would be to raise taxes by 28 percent, something she doesn't plan on doing.