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News Release    

March 3, 2009      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Steinhaus Outlines the $5.4 Million Impact of State Budget Proposal to County Programs & Services
Urges State Lawmakers to avoid cost shifts to county taxpayers

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has reached out to Dutchess County’s seven New York State Senate and Assembly representatives to call their attention to the $5.4 million negative impact the proposed state budget will have on programs and services county government provides to local residents.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “County government will not be able to absorb $5.4 million in state funding cuts and cost shifts. Our local property taxpayers will be left holding the bill at a time they can least afford it especially when we are experiencing declines in revenues such as sales tax income.”

The County Executive encouraged state lawmakers to work with the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) on the alternatives and solutions that NYSAC has proposed to deal with the state’s fiscal challenges while minimizing the impact to county property taxpayers.

County Executive Steinhaus is aware of the tough choices facing state lawmakers.  County Executive Steinhaus made many tough decisions when he proposed a 2009 budget cut appropriations, cut the property tax levy and reduced the county government workforce.   Those tough decisions were necessary in order to avoid adding to local property taxpayers’ burden.   “I am hopeful during this difficult process when the state makes tough decisions of its own, it will avoid shifting state costs to local property taxpayers.”

Attached is a copy of County Executive Steinhaus’ letter (.pdf).

Letters were sent to:
Assemblyman Greg Ball
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill
Assemblyman Joel Miller 
Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro
Senator William Larkin
Senator Vincent Leibell, III
Senator Stephen Saland



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