Rensselaer budget proposed

Posted at: 10/18/2013 4:48 PM
Updated at: 10/18/2013 6:51 PM
By: WNYT News

RENSSELAER - Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino presented her 2014 budget proposal on Friday.

The budget would raise property taxes by 1.9%

Jimino pointed out the fiscal reality facing Rensselaer County.

The unemployment rate is 6.9%

20% of the population is on Medicaid and the number of county residents applying for food stamps is up 43% from 2008.

Jimino also acknowledged that the state has provided some mandate relief.

Jimino says that despite those changes $.90 out of every tax dollar the County collects goes to pay state mandated costs.