Gromack was apparently triggered by this year’s budget which saddles towns with additional expenses formerly covered by county government. Since Vanderhoef and the Rockland Legislature decided to shift these burdens onto the towns.
Whether this is a ploy to get concessions from the county or is a serious maneuver remains to be seen.
In order to become a city, Clarkstown would need to win approval from the New York State Legislature. At this point Clarkstown is only in the preliminary study stages of any possible change in its status.
None of the local officials including Gromack said they knew whether a city would take money from the county’s sales tax pool directly or whether it would have to institute new sales tax to bring revenue in.