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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus released his proposed $816 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020 on Wednesday. The County tax rate will be $3.73, which is lower than it was both last year in 2014.
Neuhaus delivered his budget presentation at the County’s Emergency Services Center in front of members of the County Legislature, County employees, representatives of the business community, and the public. The 2020 Executive Budget stays within the tax cap.
“We have grown our fund balance back to where it needs to be, settled labor contracts, repaired roads and bridges, and invested in our parks, “Neuhaus said. “I am proud of the hard work of County employees and that independent auditors and Moody’s have validated the financial choices we have made. The best way to continue to reduce the tax rate, while balancing millions of dollars of State-imposed mandates, is to work with the private sector to create economic opportunities. Safe communities, more jobs, and working to lower the County tax rate remain my priorities.”
The County’s finances have been stabilized during Neuhaus’ six years in office even while settling union contracts, re-opening long-closed bridges, making highway safety improvements, and dramatically expanding tourism-related initiatives.
Additional highlights of the 2020 proposed budget include:
“Orange County’s budget has been prudently balanced since County Executive Neuhaus took office,” said Steve Brescia, Chairman of the Orange County Legislature. “The County Executive faced challenges with unfunded mandates from Albany; but has still delivered a balanced budget that maintains essential services to residents. We look forward to the Legislative review process and the adoption of the 2020 budget.”
For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or email@example.com.