Sullivan’s 2018 budget adopted with little change, small tax hike

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MONTICELLO – A “conservative”
2018 budget was adopted by the Sullivan County Legislature today, with little
change to what County Manager Joshua Potosek presented in October. The $226
million budget will raise the tax levy 2.3 percent, which is under the tax
cap.

One thing not in the budget is anticipated revenue from the Resorts World
Casino, which opens in March.

“We’ve talked about somewhat of a transition year where we know
there’s going to be new revenue coming; it’s kind of hard to
forecast that,” Potosek said. “So this budget took a conservative
approach on revenues, to kind of wait and see.”

Legislature Chairman Luis Alvarez said the full legislature gave the budget
proposal a thorough review.

“All of us were behind the budget,” Alvarez said. “We
discussed it, we studied it and we worked on it to make sure it was the
right budget.”

During the brief special meeting, the legislature also adopted:
• The 2018-2123 capital plan
• $10 million in bonds for construction or reconstruction of bridges
• $3.2 million in bonds for road reconstruction
• $1.14 million in bonds for improvements to the county government
center, a work in progress
• $670,000 in bonds for purchase of construction and maintenance equipment.