A Good Starting Point

Legislators, department heads and county employees joined with members of the public for the presentation of the proposed 2014 budget by County Executive Kathleen Jimino. After a quick review, the proposed budget offers a good starting point, staying under the property tax cap enacted by the state during the past few years. All three county budgets introduced since the tax cap was implemented have been under the tax cap.

Despite some considerable challenges, the proposed 2014 budget maintains important and needed county services our residents, including seniors, veterans and youth, rely on. The proposed budget also sees some positive effects from pension reforms enacted recently, and endorsed by county lawmakers. The budget is also likely to maintain the strong bond rating earned by the county, and does not rely on use of fund balance, one-shots or other gimmicks.

Assembling a budget proposal is a considerable undertaking, and we recognize the efforts of the County Executive and her staff in putting together what appears to be a solid proposal. Legislators will be undertaking a review of the proposal in the coming weeks and we will alert everyone as to the upcoming budget review schedule.

Additionally, we will be posting documents related to the budget proposal at the legislative website, www.rensselaercounty.org, so residents are invited to visit the site and learn more.

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