"In the last two years, the previous county executive had a capital budget of $120 million," he said. "Our Spending Affordability Committee said you can't be borrowing that kind of money. … I inherited a $16 million deficit when I took office. Knowing that the bridge wasn't going to be built this year, to me, it didn't make sense to put money into a project that we don't have funding for through the state or federal government. Instead, we should focus that funding on other things we need at this moment."