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Under proposed Dutchess Co. 2022 budget, property tax levy would be cut by $5.5 million

Oct 14, 2021 5:45 am

Patricia R. Doxsey is reporting for the Daily Freeman Dutchess County residents would see the largest property tax cut in the county’s history under the 2022 spending plan proposed by County Executive Marc Molinaro. In an October 13 press release, Molinaro said his tentative budget would cut the property tax levy by $5.5 million, resulting in a decrease in the average property tax rate of more than 10 percent. His spending plan would also restore funding for all positions in county government and expand and enhance programs, including mental health services, domestic violence victim advocacy, expanded in-home senior care support, emergency preparedness, small business promotion and support, parks investments, opioid abuse treatment and case management. Molinaro will unveil the proposed budget on Oct. 27. If approved by the county Legislature as presented, the county will see the eighth consecutive property tax levy cut and the seventh consecutive property tax cut since Molinaro took office in 2011. Earlier this month he announced his annual spending plan would include the elimination of the county’s 4 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing up to $110. Molinaro, a Republican, has declared his candidacy for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.