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Monroe Co. budget plan for 2018 focuses on CPS staffing, heroin crisis

The budget proposal is $1.2 billion and filled 800 pages. In that plan, Dinolfo proposed spending 1.3 percent more than in 2017, which she said is less than inflation. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The budget for Monroe County in 2018 has been released.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo rolled out her priorities Tuesday morning at a news conference.

Some of those areas of focus include funding new positions to tackle the heroin crisis and fully staffing Child Protective Services.

The budget proposal is $1.2 billion and filled 800 pages. In that plan, Dinolfo proposed spending 1.3 percent more than in 2017, which she said is less than inflation.

She added that she plans to reduce the deficit by $8.2 million.

In response to the opioid crisis, additional funding will be allocated toward hiring two toxicologists to help staff the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office to process heroin cases.

"As these numbers go up, families deserve an answer of what happened to their loved one," Dinolfo said. "We want to make sure that we can turn around those toxicology reports in a quicker fashion."

The property tax rate will remain flat, as well.

"Everyone knows why tax stability is important," Dinolfo said. "Taxes in New York state are just too darn high. And the stakes are high too. Tax stability is about jobs, jobs, jobs."

Another big sticking point for Dinolfo was Child Protective Services. The CPS budget will be increased to fill 25 vacant positions and add 30 more, upping the department by 55 total positions. The goal is to fill all of the positions by the end of 2018.

The budget will be submitted to the Monroe County Legislature Tuesday night.

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