Albany County Legislature sets 2017 budget hearings

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Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy presents the county’s Tentative Budget for 2017 last Friday in Albany.

ALBANY (Oct. 14) ­– The Albany County Legislature on Thursday designated its Audit and Finance Committee to review the county executive’s Tentative Budget for 2017, and set two hearings to receive public comment.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy presented a $652 million Tentative Budget last week, a fiscal plan that would not increase the county’s tax rate for a third consecutive year. The Legislature’s Democratic leadership – Chairman Sean Ward and Majority Leader Frank Commisso – credited McCoy last week for forwarding a budget with flat spending.

The Legislature on Thursday scheduled its first public hearing on the Tentative Budget for 7:15 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Albany County Courthouse. Members also voted to set a public hearing on legislative additions and/or deletions to the budget for 7:15 p.m. Nov. 22 in the courthouse.

Under the Albany County Charter, the county executive must file an annual Tentative Budget with the clerk of the Legislature by Oct. 10, and a first public hearing shall be held no later than Oct. 30. A legislative budget report must be filed with the clerk by Nov. 20, and a second public hearing shall be held by Dec. 1.

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