Essex County will likely see about a 9 percent increase in its tax levy as a result of state budget cuts that could leave the county paying $1.4 million more than last year.
Many of the reductions come from state mandated medical services the county is obligated to fund, according to Essex County Manager Dan Palmer.
The state cut its share of a safety net program, a home health aide program and foster housing-all are mandated services-piling an extra $1.35 million on the back of the county.
The state also said no thanks to funding Certified Home Health services for Medicaid patients who need follow up care in their home, adding $200,000 to the county share. The home healthcare services are not mandated however and Palmer said the county is looking into privatizing the program.
Palmer said the county would be looking into reducing expenses for non-mandated services, including the county-owned fish hatchery and nursing home.