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Affordable Care Act helps balance Monroe County budget
Rochester, N.Y. With accusations of bid-rigging hovering over the Monroe County Office Building, Maggie Brooks stood before the legislature Tuesday night and unveiled her 2014 budget.
The key points were clear: no property tax rate increase for the 10th straight year and the closure of a multi-million dollar structural budget gap.
Behind those points are some notable changes.
Monroe County is moving over to self-insurance for healthcare, a move thats estimated to save around $10 million.
The budget also eliminates 121 positions, mainly through attrition, but 15 employees were let go.
Millions of dollars are also coming in through the Affordable Care Act.
The healthcare reform will channel more Medicaid dollars to counties across New York.
Also, Brooks says she kept chargebacks out of the budget.
Chargebacks made news last year when people found out the county was tacking a snow removal fee onto their tax bill.
Democrats in the legislature held back criticism saying they have to review the entire budget.
The entire budget comes in at just over $1 billion.