20161007_115124Albany County Legislature to Review Executive’s 2017 Proposed Budget

ALBANY (Oct. 7) – The Albany County Legislature will meet in the coming weeks to inspect, and possibly revise, the 2017 county budget proposed Friday by county Executive Daniel P. McCoy.

McCoy presented a stable $652 million budget that does not increase the tax rate, holds the line on spending and includes a 1.38 percent increase in the county’s tax levy. The proposal falls well within the state-mandated tax cap. It also includes $250,000 for the Albany County Land Corp., bringing the county’s total commitment to the entity over four years to $1.75 million.

“On the surface, it looks like a very good budget,” legislature Chairman Sean Ward said Friday. “The cooperation between the legislature, the executive and our county employees is what keeps us on solid ground.”

In the coming days and weeks, the Albany County Legislature’s Democratic leadership will present the 2017 budget to its Audit and Finance Committee for review. All legislators will have an opportunity to attend the committee meetings and add input. The full legislature will meet Thursday, and is expected to vote on setting dates to accept public comment on the spending plan. The budget must be adopted by the legislature by mid-December.

“We’d like to thank the county executive and his staff for a job well done,” Majority Leader Frank Commisso said. “This budget was accomplished through a partnership with the county executive, as we in the legislature look all year for cost savings for the taxpayer. A thorough review of the budget by the legislative members will be forthcoming, but the fact that we’re at a flat budget is an accomplishment.”

Gary Domalewicz, chairman of the legislature’s Audit and Finance Committee, said committee members will meet with county department heads to go over every line in the budget.

Commisso said, “We’re looking forward to working with the county executive to complete a final budget over the next several weeks.”

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