New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli criticised Rockland County’s budget as overly optimistic, recommending adjustments to its assumptions about sales tax revenue and the cost of personel services among other items.

DiNapoli said the county’s 2013 budget anticipates $175 million in sales and use tax, 4% more than its fiscal 2012 budget, a total that is not supported by analysis, according to a statement from DiNapoli’s office. The 2013 budget appropriation of $158 million for personal services seems to be insufficient, and “county officials have consistently underestimated personal services costs in the past,” DiNapoli said in the statement.

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