"Now, we're back in deficit position because of the actions proposed in the state budget," said Maggie Brooks, the Monroe County Executive.
The county has two choices. Either take the money from other programs, or, go to the taxpayers.
Here, at Hillside, the cuts may force them to eventually reduce the number of children they care for. "The intention isn't to cut off services to children, it's to change the direction those services are moving in," Doran said. Indeed, the governor's office says "It's our hope that this action will offer incentives to counties to provide less costly community-based alternatives where appropriate." "This action will offer incentives to counties to provide less costly community-based alternatives where appropriate," Hillside agrees kids do better when they're cared for from a distance and not in custody. But a top county justice official says he's concerned about the smaller proposed detention budget. For the county exec, it's nothing new from albany. "This is another example of the state providing a mandate, but not providing the revenue to pay for it," Brooks said. Hillside says it will meet with the county next week to figure out what to do next.