Neuhaus proposes $798 million budget

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GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus this evening unveiled
his proposed $798 million 2019 budget that stays within the state tax
cap and does not raise the county property tax rate.
“The proposed county budget meets the hundreds of millions of
dollars in unfunded mandates created by state legislation,” he said
as he delivered his budget message to the county legislature and public.
“It also continues to focus on public safety and tourism development.”

Neuhaus said his administration has increased the 911 dispatching service
to municipalities, augments the assistance the county provides for local
assessments and increased the amount shared with the localities.

The proposed budget includes a $50.2 million unassigned fund balance,
an increase of $6.5 million over last year; increased sales tax revenue,
and a focus on economic development and tourism.