ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- It will cost $1.2 billion to run Monroe County next year. That's the price tag on the proposed spending plan for the 2018 Monroe County budget.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo unveiled her proposed budget Tuesday morning. Dinolfo used the ABVI and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes as the backdrop for the announcement.
She spoke of future collaborations with Goodwill for jobs training within the community.
Monroe County's budget will invest more than $500 million in programs and services for children and families. The sum accounts for nearly 40% of the total budget.
Dinolfo is proposing 30 additional Child Protective Service caseworkers and upgrades to the CPS salary schedule.
"It's a significant increase in the number of employees that we have in CPS. I'm fully committed to the 8-point plan and I think it's the best plan for protecting our children and families in this community," Dinolfo said.
Dinolfo promised the tax rate will remain flat at $8.99 per $1,000 assessed value.
Overall spending increased 1.3 percent.
The budget provides an extra $1.6 million for affordable childcare, bringing the total to more than $45 million.
It also includes funding for two toxicologists at the medical examiner's office.
"It is not uncommon for a complete toxicology report to take almost 4, 5, 6 months," Dinolfo said. "Every family deserves to have the right answer and we want to make sure that we do right by our families."
Legislators will vote on the 2018 budget plan this December.