With the compromise 2013 Westchester County budget passed Dec. 7, the county set the parent cost for subsidized child care programs at 27 percent of income above the poverty line.
But the new rate can’t take effect until a comment period ends, the state signs off on the increase and parents are notified. And there has been some confusion about whether a previously-approved 35 percent rate would take effect in the mean time. Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins has mentioned a 35 percent rate a couple times since the budget passed.
Donna Greene, a spokeswoman for County Executive Rob Astorino, said the county could have collected 35 percent until the new rate took effect but decided not to. Instead it will remain at 20 percent — where it was during 2012 despite efforts by the administration to raise it to 35 percent, which were blocked by a series of lawsuits by the Board of Legislators — until Feb. 1.
The public comment period on the change to 27 percent ends Jan. 21.