Includes $502 million in spending
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro presented his 2019 budget proposal to the county Legislature on Oct. 29.
The proposed $502 million in spending represents a 3 percent increase over this year, he said, noting that programs mandated by the state and federal government account for 70 percent of the spending. Medicaid is the county’s largest mandated expense, at $41.3 million.
Molinaro’s proposal includes $25 million in infrastructure investments, including the replacement or repair of 13 bridges and 20 miles of paving; an expansion of the sheriff’s School Resource Officer program to seven districts, with 10 officers and a supervisor; and an additional $1.75 million for Dutchess Community College. See dutchessny.gov for details.Did you find this article useful or informative? Please consider a contribution to support our nonprofit journalism. Our annual appeal has begun! All gifts of up to $1,000 through Dec. 31 will be matched TWICE! Click here for details. We are able to provide this website and our weekly print paper free to the community -- and pay our writers, photographers and editors for their hard work -- because of the generosity of readers like you.