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News Release    

November 1, 2005      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Steinhaus Releases 2006 County Budget

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus released the 2006 Executive Budget today that reflects a decrease in spending, a decrease in the tax rate of 9% from $2.85 per 1,000 in 2005 to $2.59, and distinguishes Dutchess County as having an impressive 20% lower per capita spending compared to other similar size counties across the state. Appropriations will total $368.4M for 2006.  The Dutchess County government share of the typical property tax bill is estimated to be 13%.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “Dutchess County is a dynamic and successful community.  The many proactive and strategic programs and services we have created and supported over the years have positioned County government and the entire community to prosper – this Executive budget will help enable this trend to continue.”

The 2006 proposed budget includes notably higher costs for Medicaid, employee health insurance, workers compensation, the state-mandated Preschool Special Education program (T & E), the Resource Recovery Agency’s annual subsidy for operating the trash facility, and utility and gasoline costs.

“As we have learned, it takes only a small handful of factors to strain a county budget and negatively impact years of good work.  We must be ever cognizant of these potential and real factors that are often out of our control, but not completely outside our ability to plan for and manage,” Steinhaus said.  “We must resist efforts to be all things to all people and avoid the county government becoming the funder of last resort.”  Highlights are as follows:

2006 Dutchess County Budget Highlights

Mandates & Other Directed Costs: 

  • Medicaid – Net Increase of $2.6 million
  • Employee Health Insurance – Increase of $1.5 million
  • Workers Compensation – Increase of $2 million in two years
  • Preschool Education Program (T&E) - Increase of $1.4 million
  • Resource Recovery Agency Subsidy - Increase of $1.85 million
  • Utilities and Gasoline – Increase of $850,000 or 27% over 2005 Budget

Targeted Areas of Needs:

  • Children’s Health Initiative - $525,000 for Tobacco Use Prevention and Childhood Obesity research-based prevention programs
  • Veterans – Additional staff support and awareness efforts
  • Economic Development Agency- $325,000, an increase of $173,000
  • Safe Drinking Water - $85,000 to support comprehensive public awareness and outreach efforts
  • Parks - $35,000 for in-line skating/roller hockey rink; $30,000 for continued concerts at Bowdoin; funding for a new pavilion at Wilcox; funding for ATV Patrol in cooperation with Sheriff for rail trail and parkland patrol
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Efforts and Emergency Preparedness Public Education - $75,000
  • Wappinger DMV - $25,000 for Q-Matic customer flow system requested by County Clerk Lafuente
  • Emergency Housing for the Homeless - $97,500 to cover short term needs of families and individuals unable to find permanent housing

New Initiatives:

  • Cancer Control Council - $60,000 for a collaboration of partners to create and implement a local Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan
  • Early Childhood Coordinated Children’s Services – $71,000 for services coordinated by Astor Home for Children for children birth to age 4 who are at risk for foster care placement or abuse and maltreatment
  • Healthy Baby/Safe Baby Initiative - $35,000 for public outreach and awareness on life-saving information on caring for babies and children, such as shaken baby syndrome
  • “ICE” Cell phone plan - $25,000
  • DC Youth Gang Prevention Initiative - $115,000 for youth programming including work readiness skills development, linkages to support services, career exploration


  • Sales Tax - $132.5M projects modest growth of 2.5% over 2005 projected 


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