New York– Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone revealed a $192.6 million capital budget for 2018 and a $1.055 billion three-year capital plan this week. The capital budget is a 12 percent decrease from last year’s capital plan and the three-year program has seen a decrease of $19 million from the current multiyear plan. In addition to the reduced spending, Bellone also is keeping the issuance of bonds under $100 million. His 2018 proposal includes only $95.8 million funded through bonds which is an 18 percent reduction.
The budget still includes more than $300 million in projects for the Southwest Sewer district but instead of using funds from bond issuances, the projects will be funded through the sewer district stabilization fund. Included in the funds set aside for the Southwest Sewer district is a $200 million project to replace the outfall pipe, with construction planned to begin this fall. If additional funding is needed, the Environmental Facilities Corporation financing is available as a partial alternative. The budget also has set aside $46.7 million for highway work, which includes $18 million for road repairs and $19.1 million for bridge repairs.
The 2018-20 capital plan proposal includes $11 million for public safety projects such as an accredited police fingerprint laboratory, replacement of the police IT system and new canine headquarters with a training facility and kennels. The proposal also allocates $8.2 million for park work including $2.25 million to improve the Long Island Maritime Museum in Sayville. Other projects in the proposal includes expansion of the two lactation stations for nursing mothers in county buildings and a new online system for payment of delinquent taxes. A public hearing on the capital plans has been planned for April 25 by the county legislature. Legislators will consider amendments on June 6 and are required to adopt a final version by June 30.