Rensselaer County releases proposed 2022 budget, property tax decrease


RENSSELAER COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin has released the proposed 2022 budget. The proposed budget includes a 10% property tax rate reduction.

The property tax reduction is the biggest in county history. McLaughlin said for a property valued at $150,000, a property taxpayer would save between $77 and $91 in 2022, or a county-wide average savings of $84.

“Yes, our residents will share in our success and see a reduction in county property taxes. But I regard the 10 percent property tax rate reduction as an investment in our future and a foundation to help our county clear the obstacles presented by COVID-19,” said McLaughlin.

The proposed budget includes funding for the Highway Department to purchase paving equipment and new trucks. McLaughlin said the department has improved over 165 miles of county roads in the past four years and this funding should be continued.

The budget also included funding for senior centers in the county. The county reached an agreement for a new Troy Senior Center. Senior centers in Rensselaer and Hoosick Falls could also get funding for new locations. The county is also looking at the option of opening a sixth senior center.

McLaughlin said the county is still providing resources to residents in Poestenkill who have been affected by PFOAs. The county is recommending funding for a new position of Deputy Public Health Director to aid in the PFOA situation within the health department.

The budget will be reviewed by the county legislators in the coming weeks.

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