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Molinaro present $512.9M 2020 county budget

Oct 31, 2019 4:15 pm
MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro presented his 2020 budget to the county legislature on Wed., Oct. 31.  The $512.9 million spending plan, according to Molinaro, provides the “largest property tax levy cut in 20 years.” The budget includes a 1.4 percent spending increase designed to cover an investment in Dutchess Tourism, additional funds for Arts Mid-Hudson, and the creation of the Tommy Zurhellen Fund, to support homeless veterans. Molinaro said reductions in spending, including lower health care premiums for county employees, have helped keep the spending increase under 1.5 percent. Sales tax revenue receipts are estimated to be $210 million in 2020. Of those receipts, Molinaro plans to share $33 million with the county’s towns, villages and cities; an increase of $2 million over the last year. Molinaro also plans to put $29.5 million into the county’s aging roads and bridges, including the paving of 20 miles of county roads and the replacement or repair of 13 bridges and 4,000 feet of guide rails. The county legislature’s Budget, Finance, and Personnel Committee will begin its review of Molinaro’s proposed spending plan next week. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.