Curran Provides Residents, Businesses and Taxpayers with an Update on COVID-19’s Impact on County Finances & Recovery Efforts
(Mineola, NY) April 21, 2020 – The county’s necessary response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the New York State Pause declaration have resulted in significant negative impacts to the county’s financial plan. Today Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has published the monthly report on the county’s finances as required by NIFA, which shows the devastating impact on the local government’s financial outlook.
Previously Balanced FY2020 Budget Now in Deficit
Nassau County had previously expected a balanced budget this fiscal year ending on December 31, 2020. In light of the pandemic, the county is now forecasting a shortfall of more than $260 million, out of a total county budget of $3.5 billion. As of now, the county is expecting a 10% decline in sales tax collections, as well as significant reductions in other revenues from the ongoing lack of economic activity, totaling over $300 million. These revenues pay for the salaries and wages of Nassau County’s first responders and all other employees as well as the purchase of goods and services to keep the county’s government running.
In addition, the New York State budget for this year included a new provision allowing the Governor to adjust payments (including State Aid payments to counties) each quarter based on the State’s own revenue collections.
“My finance team is working tirelessly on developing solutions to our current fiscal environment, but we cannot rebound from this devastating crisis alone,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “While the federal government’s CARES-ACT provides the county with some reimbursement for our COVID-19 expenses, it does nothing to address the devastating loss of almost 10% of the County’s total revenue, which is how we pay our first responders and all other essential services. Washington must act to provide hard-hit counties like Nassau at the epicenter of the global pandemic with more relief in the next federal bill.”
Financial Recovery Initiatives
The county is currently assembling all resources available to stabilize its fiscal condition, including:
As part of Nassau County’s work, the county will be finalizing an overall gap closing program for FY2020 and FY2021 later this spring which we will publish with the County’s Midyear Report due on June 30, 2020.