Suffolk County Officials Eye Plans To Close Projected $530 Million Budget Gap

April 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Suffolk County Officials Eye Plans To Close Projected  $530 Million Budget Gap
" HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Suffolk County officials are considering plans to close a growing budget deficit.

County Executive Steve Bellone has said the books for 2011 are likely to close with a $33 million deficit. The 2012 budget gap estimate is $148 million and grows to $349 million in 2013.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Bellone announced Monday the first phase of his battle plan to reduce the red ink.

“These measures address over $160 million of our deficit,” Bellone said. “This gets us nearly a third of the way there.”

His proposal includes spreading out the rising cost of pension benefits over 10 years. That could save more than $66 million.

Other elements of the plan include some $25 million in savings over two years by freezing some non-mandated spending and $16 million by creating a traffic violations bureau "

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