Rockland County will ask the New York Legislature for authorization to issue up to $80 million of bonds to cover its operating deficit, and to raise its sales tax by three-eighths of 1% to cover those bonds.

Tuesday night’s vote by the county Legislature to make the request came one week after Moody’s Investors Service placed Rockland’s A1 general obligation rating on review for possible downgrade, affecting $240 million of GOs.

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