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March 13th, 2013

Diana responds to Valley View approval

Orange County Executive Edward Diana

GOSHEN - In response to the funding of $8.3 million approved by the Orange County Legislature at the March 7 meeting, Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana offered the following statement:

"The resolution regarding continued funding for Valley View that was passed by the Legislature at yesterday’s meeting varies from the funding amount that was agreed to and passed out of the Legislature’s Ways & Means Committee by more than $4.5 million.

While we are still reviewing the proposal that was introduced on the floor, it appears that by relying strictly on projected revenue at Valley View and neglecting to account for certain retirement benefit expenses, Legislator Hines put through a proposal that puts the County in a precarious financial position. What was passed ignores the County’s fiscal responsibilities to cover the facility’s retiree health benefits past April and stripped the facility of being able to pay the liability and worker’s comp insurance coverage payment that will come due in July. These are fiscal responsibilities the County is committed to regardless of whether the facility is open past April or closed; ignoring them is neither responsible nor prudent.

Not only are the Legislators failing to look at all aspects of Valley View’s financial situation, they continue to rely on unmet promises for concessions made by the CSEA and ignore the retirement benefit expenses that must be paid regardless of the facility’s future.

We are awaiting the final language introduced in yesterday’s meeting and will be reviewing it with the County Budget Office on Monday. In the meantime, I want the residents of Valley View, their families, and our employees to rest assured that our commitment to their care, comfort, and well-being remain our top priority."

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