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

October 25, 1999

Steinhaus Announces Fifth Tax Cut in Eight Years


Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced at the Greater Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce he is proposing a cut in county property taxes in his year 2000 budget. This is the fifth property tax cut in the eight executive budgets since Steinhaus was first elected.

"This is consistent with my policy of tax stabilization," Steinhaus stated. "Today our county's portion of property taxes is lower than it was when I took office in 1992 because we have reorganized and reengineered county government, consolidated departments and today our government workforce is also smaller than a decade ago."

According to Steinhaus, his administration's tax stabilization policies are instrumental in attracting new jobs to the county. "Economic growth is not something that happens by itself. If I had adopted this view, and not aggressively developed pro-active policies, then Dutchess County today would not be able to boast that we have out paced both the nation and the state in job growth between August 1998 and 1999.

"Stable taxes encourage companies to make long term investments that result in economic growth and job creation," Steinhaus noted. "But stable taxes also help Dutchess County families plan for educational needs and seniors on a fixed income plan their retirement."

In the coming days Steinhaus will announce the details of his year 2000 budget.


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