No layoffs anticipated in 2021 Orange County budget

GOSHEN – Orange County, like all counties in the state, must make tough decisions going into the new year.

The amount of state is in question as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the level of state aid is in question.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said his proposed budget, to be released late next week will include belt-tightening, but he does not anti9cipte any layoffs, noting there are 150 fewer county workers now than when he took office.

“We still have sales tax down compared to where we were a year ago. We still have over 10 percent unemployment, so you have to have a budget that reflects those negative trends at this point,” he said.

Neuhaus described his 2021 budget a living document that will reflect current economic conditions.

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