KINGSTON – The Kingston Common Council, Tuesday night, approved Mayor Steven Noble’s $44.4 million 2020 budget.
The tax levy will remain flat for the fifth year in a row at $17.6 million. Actual tax rates will decline for the third consecutive year – homestead will drop from $9.73 to $9.04 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and a drop for non-homestead from $15.59 to $14.24 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Over $1 million has been placed in contingency in the event of potential no-recurring expenses.
The spending plan includes funding for infrastructure improvements in the way of sidewalks, streets, waterfront and sewer.
The Kingston City Land Bank will be fully funded in the new year with a two-year combined investment of over $3 million into quality housing that is affordable.
The city will invest in necessary safety gear for the police department, including ballistics vests and other protective equipment and the fire department will purchase a new fire engine.
In 2020, the Parks and Recreation Department will continue to manage 110 acres of parkland, including 11 parks, three community centers, a riverfront beach, a community pool, and an interpretive nature center as well as taking on management of Dietz Stadium.
In 2020, the city will implement LED streetlight replacement, invest in several projects that protect and revitalized the waterfront and continue to reduce emissions with electric vehicles and charging stations.
“We have created a very strong budget that aligns with my overall goals for the future of the City of Kingston,” said Mayor Noble. “The budget also introduces an incremental raise of $5,000 a year for the next five years, which will bring the mayoral salary to $100,000 in 2024.”
The last raise for the mayor was in 2006.