Project goes far over budget
A plan to expand and upgrade the Dutchess County Stabilization Center, which provides immediate, 24-hour assistance for residents struggling with substance abuse or behavioral problems, has been postponed after an audit found it was far over budget.
According to county Comptroller Robin Lois, the projected cost for the expansion of the building and its services was about $5 million. But by July, the first of two phases to the project had already cost $5.6 million. The county says that higher labor costs account for much of the increase.