Dutchess County’s countywide government efficiency plan means $27 million in annual savings

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Government, along with its 27 local municipalities, will save close to $27 million annually through its government efficiency plan to ensure that residents will realize tax rebates in 2016 as part of the state’s Property Tax Freeze Credit program.
A total of 133 efficiency projects are included in the countywide Government Efficiency Plan with a total projected savings from 2017-2019 of over $80 million, said County Executive Marcus Molinaro.
“When you combine this effort with now taxpayers being qualified for rebate checks this fall and the 2015 budget providing the largest tax levy reduction in 14 years, we are definitely moving in the right direction, reining in spending, shrinking the size of government and ultimately reducing the tax burden on taxpayers,” Molinaro said.
In order for eligible homeowners to receive a property tax rebate check in 2016, municipalities must stay within the state property tax cap and implement an approve Government Efficiency Plan that projects one percent levy savings for 2017, 2018 and 2019.