The Monroe County Legislature recently voted 17-12 to approve the 2019 county budget as proposed by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo.
The 2019 adopted budget, which delivers residents the first property tax rate cut in a decade, funds Dinolfo’s economic and workforce development initiatives, including LadderzUp and Recruiting on the Road.
“Local taxpayers can be proud that this budget will deliver their first property tax rate cut in a decade, maintain the county’s A credit ratings, and fully fund our investments in growing more jobs and supporting stronger families in the coming year,” Dinolfo said.
The 2019 budget will cut the property tax rate by 10 cents, to $8.89 per $1,000 of taxable value. The budget holds overall spending below the rate of inflation, will help to maintain the county’s A status credit ratings and complies with the state property tax cap.
Monroe County will invest nearly $2.5 million in its Department of Planning and Development, which administers programs launched by Dinolfo to grow more jobs and build a stronger workforce in Monroe County. This includes LadderzUp, Recruiting on the Road and Make Monroe Home.
The county will invest more than $560 million in programs, services and initiatives that benefit local children and families, representing nearly 50 percent of its $1.2 billion operating budget. These investments include more than $48 million to support affordable child care, over $22 million for Child Protective Services and more than $34 million for preschool special education.
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