Putnam exec presents 2021 budget that preserves programs, avoids layoffs

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CARMEL – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presented her proposed 2021 to the county legislature on Thursday, October 1.

The $164.2 million spending plan is just $477,000 more than this year’s and includes no layoffs and stays under the state tax cap.

Odell said the average homeowner, whose property is assessed at $357,000, would pay about $1,182 in county taxes, an increase of $25.

“Despite the coronavirus pandemic creating a difficult year that resulted in an estimated 9.5 percent decrease in sales tax revenue, we have managed to present a budget that avoids employee layoffs and preserves the services that our county residents rely upon and deserve,” said Odell. “If the governor goes through with this threat to withhold 20 percent of or state aid, however, then we, along with every other county in the state will have no choice to reassess.”