POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Dutchess County lawmakers on Thursday, December 2 passed a county budget for 2022 that provides nearly $ 20 million in tax relief, including the largest tax cut in county history.
The roughly $ 532.6 million budget cuts county property taxes by $ 5.5 million, resulting in an average 10% drop in property tax rates.
It also provides for the elimination of the county’s 4 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $ 110.
At the same time, the county budget increases funding for services and programs for youth, veterans and the elderly, and increases the amounts spent on infrastructure, parks and other county services.
Lawmakers have made their own mark on the budget with a series of spending plan amendments that increase grant opportunities for municipalities and nonprofits. Lawmakers increased funding for the Ministry of Planning and Development’s agency partnership grant program for nonprofit infrastructure projects by $ 1 million. They also provided the ministry with an additional $ 2 million for its Municipal Innovation Grants program, which includes expanded fire and safety grant opportunities focused on one-time equipment and capital investments.
Lawmakers also increased funding for the county’s Learn, Play, Create grant program by $ 500,000 to provide opportunities for young people in sports, libraries and the arts. Lawmakers also approved an increase of $ 500,000 to the Youth Services Division of the Department of Community and Family Services for programs focused on youth violence in schools and $ 50,000 to create a new competitive grant for help destinations improve access and experiences for people with special needs. An additional $ 50,000 has been included for the Veterans Services Division to expand the HERO program for housing, employment and events for Dutchess County Veterans. An additional $ 88,000 has been allocated to the Department of Behavioral and Community Health to add two recovery coaches.
In a press release announcing the passage of the budget, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Gregg Pulver said the spending plan “provides residents with the biggest tax cut of our lives while preserving the most. high quality of service they expect “.
The budget now goes to Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who can either authorize the budget to go into effect as passed or veto any changes made by lawmakers. Lawmakers will meet on Monday, December 13 to consider overriding any executive veto.