Legislators inspect the 2017 Albany County Budget during an Audit and Finance Committee meeting at 112 State St., Albany.
ALBANY (Dec. 5, 2016) – The Albany County Legislature Monday unanimously approved a 2017 County Budget that slightly decreases taxes for the average taxpayer and holds the line on spending.
Weeks after Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy presented a $652 million Proposed Budget with flat taxes, legislators voted to pass a plan with minor changes and no increase to the bottom line.
The revised 2017 Albany County Budget is the fourth consecutive county budget to fall under the state’s property tax cap. It does not cut programs or employees, and continues to deliver vital services to communities and our most vulnerable citizens in the Albany County Nursing Home. The budget also includes $250,000 for the Albany County Land Bank Corp., bringing the county’s total commitment to the non-profit agency to $1.75 million. In sending the budget back to McCoy for signing, leaders of the Legislature praised the county executive’s plan, and hailed the budget process as fully transparent.
“I found the budget presented by the county executive to be one of the better budgets I have worked on in my many years in government,” Democratic Majority Leader Frank Commisso said.
Over the past several weeks, members of the Legislature attended several meetings of the Audit and Finance Committee to review the executive’s Proposed Budget and vote to enact additions and deletions. The changes made by the Legislature were balanced in the budget.
All legislators were invited to attend the meetings and provide input. For the first time, the Legislature videotaped its budget sessions and published the videos on YouTube and the county website. The Legislature also posted its proposed additions and deletions to the executive’s budget on its website and social media.
“Albany County continues to deliver services to the most needy without a property tax increase and under the tax cap while other municipalities are struggling,” said Legislator Gary Domalewicz, chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee. “Albany County continues to watch how we spend taxpayers’ money.”
Legislature Chairman Sean Ward said cooperation was the key to passing the first county budget in memory by a unanimous vote.
“I want to thank Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy for giving us a good budget to work with, congratulate Chairman Gary Domalewicz and the Audit and Finance Committee, and legislative leaders on both sides,” Ward said. “In the end, the taxpayers benefit from our cooperation.”
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