Updated 10/19/2012 03:41 PM
Rensselaer County budget plan unveiled
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RENSSELAER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino has unveiled the 2013 budget proposal.
Jimino says costs imposed by the state are squeezing the county. She says the property tax cap is a step in the right direction, but the state needs to do more to keep tax costs low. She says costs imposed by the state will exceed $2.9 million, but the tax cap allows for an increase of just one point two million dollars.
Under the nearly $320 million plan, Jimino proposes $900,000 in local department funding will be cut, eight positions will be eliminated and three positions will be downgraded.
Jimino said, "We are including in this proposed budget a two percent property tax increase. We'd much rather be talking about decreasing taxes because we recognize that our property tax payers here in New York State are paying more than anywhere in the nation."
The plan also calls for the consolidation and restructuring of Human Services departments.