POLL: Reduce Suffolk County’s $900 Million Debt


*Thank you for your interest in the Suffolk County Reduce Spending Task Force. Our poll has now closed. You can find the final list of recommendations by clicking here.*


By the end of 2019, Suffolk is projected to be $900 million in operating debt.

A report by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office in September 2018 said Suffolk was under the most severe “fiscal stress” of any county in the state. The comptroller’s office highlighted issues including fund balances, cash on hand, and a history short-term borrowing.

County legislators knew they had to attack this problem head-on to get Suffolk’s finances back in order. The county proposed creating a seven-member task force including legislators, business owners, and community leaders to address Suffolk’s spending problem.

The Suffolk County Reduce Spending Task Force was created by a unanimous resolution of the County Legislature to examine how lawmakers can cut costs without burdening taxpayers. The task force aims to find the county ways to save in order to avoid new taxes or fees for Suffolk residents.

The task force has put together a list of recommendations to reduce the county’s out-of-control costs. We would love to know what you think! Please complete this survey on the recommendations.

The task force will deliver a formal proposal to County Executive Steve Bellone on April 16 detailing recommendations on how Suffolk can reduce spending, pay off its debt, and increase government transparency.

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