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City Of Poughkeepsie Closes Budget Gap To $4 Million, Mayor Says

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison has announced a reduction in the city's budget gap.
Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison has announced a reduction in the city's budget gap. Photo Credit: File

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison has announced  that the city has reduced its potential $6 million budget gap for 2017 to about $4 million.

The deficit, which is still being worked on by the administration, remains fluid, Rolison said.

“Prior years’ budgets simply overstated anticipated revenues, causing accumulated deficits, which we must begin to address in the current budget cycle,” he said. “The use of one-time revenues, or revenue estimates that do not materialize at all, has been a primary driver of our fiscal troubles.”

Some of the principal contributors to the remaining gap include:

  • $1.5 million in one-time revenue related to the expansion project at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, which is not a recurring revenue in 2017.
  • $250,000 in increased pension costs.
  • $500,000 for the sale of city property which did not occur in 2016.
  • More than $400,000 in unrealized parking revenues.
  • An anticipated $1 million in increased health insurance costs.

Rolison has asked all city department heads to come up with additional recommended cuts of up to 6 percent of their general fund operating expenses.

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