NICE buses could see cuts

Nassau’s bus system is facing a $3.3 million budget deficit that, without increased funding from the county or state, NICE will seek to fill through service cuts ACCORDING TO officials .
Nassau Inter-County Express chief executive Michael Setzer will present details of the system’s 2014 operating budget at a Garden City meeting TODAY. The budget projects expenses of about $122 million — $3.3 million more than the agency expects to receive from state and county aid and farebox revenue.
Setzer said  that the increase is due to the rising cost of natural gas, which NICE uses both to heat facilities and fuel buses, increasing employee health care benefit costs, and a contractual 3 percent raise for workers that will cost the agency $1.4 million.

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