Legislative Budget Review


About


  • The Office of Legislative Budget Review is an independent, charter mandated budget office that is part of the County Legislature.
  • The director, who is appointed to a 4 year term by the County Legislature and is not an officer of any political party, is responsible for administering the office, hiring its staff, and controlling its budget.

Responsibilities


  • Preparing fiscal and economic impact statements for proposed local laws.
  • To determine the extent to which legislative policies are being faithfully, efficiently, and effectively implemented by administrative officials.
  • To determine whether county programs are achieving their legal and desired objectives by a review of the performance and management efficiency of county departments and agencies. However, a review shall be coordinated with the county comptroller when a review includes or requires accounting audits.
  • To determine and analyze the soundness of departmental budget estimates and requests for appropriations, revenues, borrowings, and such other fiscal modifications throughout the year.
  • To determine and analyze annually the soundness of the proposed county budget and community college budget, including borrowings and taxes.
  • To determine whether the county has adequate plans, facilities, organizational arrangements, and management control systems to adequately and effectively accomplish program and legislative policies.
  • Such other duties and responsibilities as the County Legislature may assign.

Reports


To accomplish these responsibilities the Independent Office of Legislative Budget Review circulates several reports regularly. These reports include:
  • Annual Review of the Community College Budget
  • Annual Review of the Proposed Capital Plan
  • Annual Review of the Proposed Operating Budget
  • County Staffing and Salary Analysis
  • Economic Reports
  • Mid-Year Budget Review
  • Monthly Sales Tax Collection Updates
  • Quarterly Regional Economic Forecast

The Non-Partisan Budget Review Office also circulates reports pertaining to legislative requests as well as for scheduled hearings.