Tuesday
December 5, 2017


 

 

 

Poughkeepsie’s budget adopted with little change

POUGHKEEPSIE – What a difference a year makes. Last year, Poughkeepsie Mayor Robert Rolison proposed a budget that hiked taxes about 17 percent.  A reluctant common council, aware of the city’s poor fiscal situation at the time, adopted it with little change,

The proposed 2018 budget kept the tax increase under two percent.  The common council adopted it Monday night, with little additional discussion.

That came after assurances from Finance Commissioner William Brady that the city’s financial condition is indeed greatly improved from a year ago.

That was reason enough for Matthew McNamara to “enthusiastically” support the budget

“I want to thank my fellow council members for making some very hard decisions this year which, because of those decisions, has put us on a financial footing that is looking positive for 2018.”

Christopher Petsas was one of the two ‘no’ votes on the budget, complaining that the three council workshops on the budget, last week, were not held in the council chambers, a move he said made them inaccessible to the public. 

The other dissent was from Randall Johnson. 

 


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