POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — The Dutchess County property tax rate is being cut for the first time in eight years, with no reduction in programs or services.
For the second consecutive year, the budget lowers the property tax levy (the amount collected countywide from property taxes) by more than $1 million and reduces the property tax rate by 1.6 percent. This is largest reduction to the county’s property tax levy in 16 years. The property tax rate will be reduced from $3.68 to $3.62 per $1,000 of true value assessments.
Eligible homeowners will still receive a second property tax rebate check from New York State in 2016.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro presented the 2016 Tentative County Budget Wednesday, Oct. 28, to county officials and community leaders at Marist College’s Fusco Recital Hall in Poughkeepsie.
Areas of expansion include the following:
Tourism will see a $100,000 increase on top of its $509 million budget.
Critical infrastructure is getting a budget increase to $10.8 million budget, which includes funding for an Agricultural Navigator position, as recommended in the recently adopted Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.
Supportive services includes gets an increased budget of $1.5 million for at risk families.
Funding for the Agency Partner Grant Program has been upped. Funding is also being increased for the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) to fund the Victim’s Advocate as well as the Sexual Assualt Response Team (SART) in collaboration with Family Services.
The “Think DIFFERENTLY” inclusive campaign will be expanded and a Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs hired. Autism Supportive Environment training will double and events for special needs families will expand.
The 2016 Tentative Budget documents are available online.
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