Albany County Legislature to propose 2017 budget changes

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Legislators, including members of the Audit and Finance Committee, discussed the proposed 2017 Albany County Budget over four meetings starting Oct. 28.

ALBANY (Nov. 14, 2016) – After weeks of input and review, the Albany County Legislature will begin hammering out a final 2016 county budget with County Executive Daniel P. McCoy.

In October, McCoy presented to the Legislature a $652 million Tentative Budget that would not increase the county’s tax rate. Over four public meetings held the last few weeks, county legislators led by Audit and Finance Chairman Gary Domalewicz (D-District 10) dissected revenue and spending lines proposed for each department. The meetings were videotaped and can be seen on the Legislature’s section of the county website (see Audit and Finance).

The Legislature’s 2017 budget review enters a new phase starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when the Audit and Finance Committee convenes to discuss its proposed additions and deletions to the spending plan. A legislative budget report must be filed with the county clerk by Nov. 20.

Legislators will hold a public hearing on the revised budget at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Albany County Courthouse. The Audit and Finance Committee will meet a final time to review the 2017 Albany County Budget at 6 p.m. Nov. 30.

There are two meetings of the full Albany County Legislature scheduled for December. Depending on budget negotiations with the county executive, the body could vote on the 2017 Albany County Budget at a meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the county courthouse. A second meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

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