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December 14, 2012

Essex County treasurer warns of 'fiscal cliff' ahead

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He said he believes Diskin is doing an excellent job as treasurer.

“He works hard. He is a great county treasurer. I disagree with him on this.”

Diskin also said the county may not be able to provide all the services it does now.

“We’re committed to provide the appropriate level of services within our fiscal constraints. Department heads want to be a part of the process. We stand ready to help (the Board of Supervisors) in the process.”

Diskin suggested the county adopt a three-to-five-year spending plan “on where we are headed and how (the board) plans to guide us there.”

On Dec. 10, the county passed a 2013 budget with a 1.1 percent tax levy increase, meeting the state tax-cap formula for the county — but using $6.8 million of the county’s $8.5 million reserve and $2.8 million in FEMA payments to balance a $108 million budget.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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